REFLECT – Day 15:
‘Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth’.
Today is our final day exploring this phrase from “The Beatitudes”.
I wonder what you have noticed about your life and personality that work against humility and meekness? Are there any old practices and habits which are in direct conflict to this phrase? Perhaps, like me, you are prone to road rage and have begun to notice how this attitude is unlike a willing servant of God’s people. Maybe it’s something different to my example – but we all have simple examples which can easily point to our need to be renewed in knowledge in the image of our Creator.
So, it’s time to pause and read our passage for today. Colossians 3:9-15.
Baptism is full of rich pictures of the Christian life. This part of Colossians focuses on the idea of new clothes. The new Christians come to the waters of baptism and strip off their old garments – symbols of the life they leave behind.
They go down into the waters of baptism and rise up to a new life. As they come out of the water each is given new clothes. Colossians says these clothes are like Christian qualities which need to be put on each day. They are the qualities of Christ himself. Among them are humility, meekness and patience, the focus of our beatitude.
God has provided for us this opportunity of newness of life but there seems to be a choice involved. We are invited to clothes ourselves with this newness and invited to continually pursue it in peace and thankfulness. In the reassurance that this opportunity is constantly available to those who believe, even if our mind and actions wander for a time. You are always welcome back.
As Christian disciples we never grow out of our baptism. Each day, together as a community, we return to the profound actions of dying to our old self and rising to new life; of putting off our old attitudes and putting on Christ again.
I bind unto myself today
the strong name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One, and One in Three.
from St Patrick’s Breastplate.
Think of the most challenging situation for you to exercise humility, whether at home, work, church, or some other context. Each time you enter or leave that place, deliberately imagine putting on meekness like a garment.