They are? They do? Blessed? Inherit the earth? Again Jesus shocks us with this statement. But we must remember that this is the inaugural speech for His Kingdom in which the rules are topsy turvy, upside down, or as commented by Mike Burns on Sunday at Southside “right-side up” The term meek is not one that we would immediately be pleased to have applied to us. It comes off as more of a weakness. Perhaps some other words would help – especially gentle and humble! This quality piggy backs well with poor in spirit. The person who chooses humility as her or his demeanour and disposition is not without importance or standing or strength. Jesus is presented to us as the great example of humilitas and in both John 13 and Philippians 2 his humility grows out of his greatness, out of his position, out of his status.
“Humility is the noble choice to forgo your status, deploy your resources or use your influence for the good of others before yourself.” says John Dickson in Humilitas: a Lost key to Life, Love and Leadership.