Today’s Gospel passage is one of the most famous in the Bible; it is one of Jesus’ most used and read teachings. Because of this, I think that many of us ignore or skim these words since we have heard them so often. Today, I wanted to pause and really reflect on what Jesus is saying and what I can learn from this today.
The first part that really stands out to me is, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” In our fast-paced and cutthroat world, we often see meekness as a massive flaw instead of as a blessing. But, what Jesus says is that, the meek are to be blessed; He loves the meek so much that He is going to give them the earth. This is powerful, especially for someone like me, who often finds herself overlooked and invisible because of meekness of character. The world may see this as a flaw in me, but Jesus sees this as beautiful.
Not only is Jesus standing up for those who are seen as less than valuable, but he calls us to act in a certain way. He says that we should be “merciful” and “clean of heart.” These are also concepts that are foreign in our society. It is so hard to show mercy when we are rarely shown it and, in our secular world, how immensely hard it is to have a pure and clean heart! Yet, this is what Jesus asks of us, that we show mercy and protect our hearts because this is how we grow closer to God.
Being like Jesus means being different; He never says this will be easy. In fact, Jesus says time and again that we will be persecuted and hated because of Him. Even though many of us are lucky to live in place where we have the freedom to express our faith without fear of death, we are often seen as strange or a threat. Again, Jesus says this is okay. The end of this passage is my favorite because of the promise that is gives, “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.” So, today, I will try to remember that it is okay to be meek, I will strive to be merciful and have a clean heart, I will remember the promise of heaven. Most importantly, I will rejoice and be glad because Jesus has overcome the world!