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“Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised!”

Matt 5:5 GNB

Humility is not a quality that is highly prized today. The world’s ideas today could be summed up, “Blessed are the pushers. They shall get on. Blessed are they who know how to get whatever they want; they will amass plenty. Blessed are those who trample on others; they will get to the top”. However, the Sermon on the Mount – setting out the way of life that Jesus advocated – thinks the opposite is the way of the kingdom.

This beatitude has been translated by Eugene Peterson thus: “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are – no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought” (Matt 5:5 EHP).

The traditional wording of this beatitude was “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”. “Jesus was meek and inherits the earth – which our aggressors can only destroy. We can see why the inheritance comes. The aggressor is at odds with himself; there is something in his nature which his own cruelty affronts. So, being divided within himself his judgment becomes blind, and he stumbles to his doom. But the man of reverent lowliness is organized in personality round a noble concern – he is intent on God. Thus, he is strong: self-control for God’s sake is fortitude indeed, not weakness. God made the earth and his sovereignty is never usurped. It is his will so to turn history as to put down the ‘mighty from their seats’ and to ‘exalt them of low degree’(Lk1:52). He bequeaths the earth to the sons of his own spirit, and to his Son” (G.A. Buttrick, The Interpreter’s Bible, Vol 7, p283).


Lord, help me to rank myself among the humble of the earth.


I pray Lord for those families who will learn today that a loved one has been murdered. Comfort them In their shock and grief. Take possession of them and help them to restrain their anger. Help the police in their handling of a difficult situation. Bless those who try to help the murdered person’s family. I ask it in Jesus’ name. AMEN

I.B.R.A. Readings

Matthew 25:1–13


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