“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
“Meek” is a word we don’t use very often. It describes a person who is rather unremarkable. A meek person is seldom noticed. He doesn’t leave an impression on you. You probably wouldn’t remember her name even if she told you. Meek people don’t have great accomplishments on their resume. They don’t contribute much to the discussion. And yet Jesus tells us that the meek will inherit the prized possession of a first century Israelite – the land. This was a shock to those who heard Jesus say this. It was the strong, the bold, the brave and courageous who would inherit the land. Not the meek.
This Beatitude shows just how upside down the kingdom of God is. The first shall be last. The least will be the greatest. And the meek will inherit the land. If you tend to be on the meek side, take heart! In the kingdom of God there is a place for you – a place where you are valued. For the rest of us, perhaps we should pay a bit more attention to those who draw little to themselves. Maybe we should notice the unnoticed. In valuing what Jesus values, it stands to reason that we will become a little more like him.