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Downward Ascent 3: Almighty Meekness

‘Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.’ (Matt. 5:5)

Weeping over one’s poverty is a gift. The contrite heart cries. Consequences of sin in our own lives and in persons we love reduce us to grief. Yet for that grief to become good, raised from the ‘worldly sorrow that brings forth death’ (2 Cor 7:10), we must surrender to Jesus. He bears our affliction and transports us to His Kingdom. There, divine comfort coaxes us to exchange rags for riches. The King defines us now.

The result is meekness. When one finally lets go of how (s)he will manage the unbearable weight of sin (our own, another’s, the world’s!), God becomes who He is and we become who we are. The meek know the difference: humans are small subjects of a great Kingdom. Our littleness frees us ‘to entrust ourselves to Him who judges justly’ (1 Pet. 2:23). We can drop our stones of judgment and rest in the One who makes all things new, beginning with ourselves.

Any proper self-assessment I possess, any real quality of meekness, has resulted from a type of ‘reduction.’ I can go a long way on my own passion. It has taken bitter disappointments to level and reduce me to the Meek One. Dying again, submitting my hard husk to Him, has slowed and sweetened my heart. God claims the trauma for Kingdom purposes and releases seeds from it that later bear fruit.

Hinting at this fruit, a colleague once remarked: ‘I like you better when you’re beaten up.’ What he meant was: ‘I like you better when you are reduced to Jesus.’ He likes meekness, those who live in apparent reliance upon the Almighty One.

I witnessed vividly this meekness during a healing prayer time. Frustrated by a blind-spot in the one receiving prayer, my first inclination was to confront the block directly. Led by the Spirit, my co-laborer simply suggested to the receiver: ‘Why don’t you pray and ask the Father about that?’ In meekness, my colleague gave God room to meet this one. The Almighty acted, without a word from me.

Meekness gives Jesus room to be God in our lives and in the lives of those we love. The meek pray more and talk less; they trust the King.

Jesus trust in His Father made Him lowly and meek. The Son relied upon Father’s strong shoulders and tender heart. Similarly, Jesus invites us in our weariness and clutter to unburden ourselves. How? He is meek and lowly (Matt. 11: 28-30) yet Almighty. He stretches out His arms and provides a safe place for us to be small and to rest. That is meekness, the ground on which we the created commune with the Creator and so become mighty in His image.

Fitting: we who are becoming meek like Him shall inherit His earth.

‘Jesus gave me to know the depth of His meekness and humility and to understand that He clearly demanded the same of me.’ St. Faustina

Prayer for Monday, March 17th: ‘Father, free us from the ‘worldly sorrow that brings forth death.’ We do not want to be preoccupied with morbid ideas of self and others. Turn our poverty and our grief towards You. Free us to be small objects of Almighty Love. Elevate our view with Your eyes; envelope us with Your arms of love.’

Prayer for Tuesday, March 18th: ‘Father, forgive us for bearing burdens alone. We confess the temptation to usurp Your divine shoulders and perfect judgment. Show us our size. We give to you the unfinished business in our lives, including the mess we see others making of their lives. We entrust them to You. Reduce us to almighty meekness.’

Prayer for Wednesday, March 19th: ‘Father, we ask for closer communion with You in this Lenten time. In this winter of sin, prepare us for spring by showing us the clutter of our hearts. We welcome Your invitation; we return to You. May we regain strength through solitude and trust. Teach us to pray more and talk less. Make us meek as You are meek.’

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Meekness and Mercy

Join us today at 3pm (CST) as we intercede for loved ones in need of God’s mercy.

Meekness and Mercy

40 Days of Mercy Devotional – Lent 2012 – Day 27

‘You shall conquer by meekness.’ (1597)

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matt. 11: 28-30)

Jesus gave me to know the depth of His meekness and humility and to understand that He clearly demanded the same of me. (758)

In Your Mercy, make us meek, O God. Truth burns in our hearts; temper it with Mercy. May our words convey a heart founded on Your meekness and humility. May less prove to be more in our efforts to convey Your truth to others. Show us how to pierce hearts with a few well-aimed and timed arrows. Make us meek warriors through Your Mercy.

For the complete 40 Days of Mercy Devotional – Lent 2012, click here to download.  For a paper copy, United States only, please call Desert Streams Ministries at (866) 359-0500. 

Author’s note – Each day’s entry is based a passage from St Faustina’s diary. The passage entry from the diary is the number in parentheses at the end of each opening quote. Diary of St Maria Faustina Kowalska – Divine Mercy in My Soul (Association of Marion Helpers, Stockbridge, MA 01263) is available through the publisher or Amazon.com

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Meekness and Mercy

Day 27 of our 40 Days of Mercy Fast

Meekness and Mercy

‘You shall conquer by meekness.’ (1597)

Meekness is about having power and choosing not to use it. For Love’s sake. From Love’s power. The soul that is genuinely meek is founded on the God of the Universe who stooped down in Mercy to make him/her great.

Meekness arises out of humility. The meek soul must first be a humble one, living in moment-by-moment dependence upon Mercy. At once miserable and mighty, the meek soul courageously accepts the call to represent God in his/her humanity. (S)he does not question (for long) personal dignity and honor, for to do so would be to question God’s. Mercy secures the meek soul.

So the meek do not race to self-defense. Why should they? The God of the Universe defends them, and in that shelter, they rest from the folly of mere human opinion. Of course they share the truth as they understand it, but it is a tempered truth. The still, small voice of God requires little amplification.

I have caused unnecessary suffering to others due to my lack of meekness. I have often not understood the power of my voice, and in frustration have turned it up mercilessly. That has seared the saints at times, much to my shame. Wise shepherds and sheep alike have told me this truth until I have understood it. Change takes longer.

Change requires suffering, getting and staying low before the Crucified until the heart beats and voice speaks in sync with His own. Christoph Schonberg writes of the Virgin Mary, the original Christ-bearer who is in turn a model for all Christians: ‘Mary triumphs, not with a sword in her hand, but with a sword in her heart.’

My sword is a daily reminder of the hurt I have caused others, and can still cause them, due to meekness’ lack. So I seek Him daily for the sword that pricks, the meekness that restrains, the Mercy that looses my heart and tongue as He wills.

The meek trust Mercy, and possess a quiet confidence. St. Faustina writes:

‘When my intentions are not recognized but rather condemned, I am not too much surprised…Truth will not die, and the wounded heart will regain peace in due time, and my spirit is strengthened through adversities…When I have regained my equilibrium, I say more.’ (511)

The meek trust in part the truth as they understand it; they trust in full the Truth of Mercy. All is His, and everything He has is ours.

‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’ (Matt. 11:28-30)

‘Jesus gave me to know the depth of His meekness and humility and to understand that He clearly demanded the same of me.’ (758)

‘In Your Mercy, make us meek, O God. Truth burns in our hearts; temper it with Mercy. May our words convey a heart founded on Your meekness and humility. May less prove to be more in our efforts to convey Your truth to others. Show us how to pierce hearts with a few well-aimed and timed arrows. Make us meek warriors through Your Mercy.’

Author’s note – Each day’s entry is based a passage from St Faustina’s diary. The passage entry is the number in parentheses at the end of each opening quote or simply a page number in parenthesis. Diary of St Maria Faustina Kowalska – Divine Mercy in My Soul (Association of Marion Helpers, Stockbridge, MA 01263) is available through the publisher or Amazon.com.

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Receiving the Fullness of His Love

Maundy Thursday makes one thing perfectly clear. It is God’s faithfulness that makes us faithful. On this night of foot-washing and communion, we behold the full extent of God’s love toward us.

Mercy takes on new meaning as Jesus grants us tokens of the cross that awaits Him. He washes away our filth; He feeds us with bread from heaven. Foreseeing our departure from Him, He grants us powerful assistance for our return.

In His faithful love, we see our unfaithfulness. Here we have a choice. In that gap between perfect love, and our own, our hearts either tenderize or toughen. We can fall forward into His mercy or flee His presence altogether.

Peter did not bolt. But he remained a slow learner. Just before the Passover meal, according to John 13, Jesus began to reveal “the full extent of His love” (v.1) by washing the disciple’s feet. ‘Maundy’ Thursday is derived from the Latin “mandatum”, referring to Jesus’ mandate of the disciples to wash one another’s feet (Jn 13:14).

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