Posted by prepareformass on June 29, 2008
Prepare for Mass – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
In the Beatitues, Jesus said that the meek shall inherit the earth – Mt5:5. Jesus was an example of meekness throughout his entire life. We read about Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jeruselum foretold by the prophet Zechariah – “Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion, shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem! See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he, Meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass. – Zech 9:9”.
Meekness is not weakness. It is a Fruit of the Spirit that involves responding with serenity and calm to adversity no matter what the consequence. It demonstrates a complete trust in God and displays a heart of tenderness, gentleness, and compassion.
Paragraph 716 of The Catechism of the Catholic Church says: The People of the “poor”—those who, humble and meek, rely solely on their God’s mysterious plans, who await the justice, not of men but of the Messiah—are in the end the great achievement of the Holy Spirit’s hidden mission during the time of the promises that prepare for Christ’s coming. It is this quality of heart, purified and enlightened by the Spirit, which is expressed in the Psalms. In these poor, the Spirit is making ready “a people prepared for the Lord.”
In his letter to the Romans (ch 8), St Paul says the “mind set on the flesh is hostile to God – Rom 8:7”. We are called to not live in the flesh but to live by the Spirit of God who dwells inside us.
Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew (Mt 11:25-30) says that nobody can come to the Father except through Him. What is kept from the wise and learned is revealed to little ones. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am meek and humble in heart; and you will find rest for yourselves – Mt 11:29”.
PRAYER: Jesus meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like yours.