Blessed are the humble and meek, for they shall inherit the earth – Vicar’s weekly thought for 19th May

Blessed are the humble and meek, for they shall inherit the earth Matthew 5.5

In the film ‘The Life of Brian’, set in Jesus’ day, John Clees plays the part of the leader of a Jewish underground party plotting against the Romans (a totally ineffective group always bogged down into inaction). Early in the film he and his gaggle of followers march by the back of the crowd listening to Jesus giving the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus has just got to today’s line, ‘Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.’ “Harrumph,” says John Clees, “it’s the meek that are the problem!”

What do think?

What makes for a truly great leader, or human being for that matter?

Jesus described himself as meek, was known as humble, yet he was no pushover, indeed he has changed the world! He held to the truth of the love of His Father in heaven through thick and thin. Someone said ‘he was gentle in the face of their wrath.’ And what about us then? Do you need to push to get your way? Is getting one up on the next guy the only way to survive? Or does Jesus offer a different way…….?

At Baptism today we’ll hear the image of being clothed with the new things of Christ – 10 clothes are named: Mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, making allowance for others, forgiveness, love (above all else), peace and thankfulness. Which do you long to be shown to you? What in the depths of your being do you want to ‘cloth’ you? And in the end, what is truly powerful? As Christians we proclaim, these things are found in Christ.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!