By Lawrence J. J. Leonard
There is a specific Holy Scripture that is an eyewitness account
of what Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, said to a large gathering in Galilee
which came from Syria and Judea:
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
Then, He throws a curve by adding:
“Blessed are you when men shall revile you, and persecute you,
and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice and be glad: for great is your reward in heaven.”
What reward is He talking about?
“The earth” is definitely not the reward.
It is just the inheritance.
People who have a relationship with G_d are meek.
This is what meek people focus on.
• try to understand
• show mercy
• follow the law
. o as defendants and
. o as prosecutors
• are survivors, and even
• see G_d as their only solace and joy.
These are the meek who will inherit “the earth.”
We know that “the earth” is the STUFF
that Scripture says heaven is made of.
It is the brick and mortar and the drywall,
the pavement, the plumbing,
the seats and tables,
the silverware and cookware.
It is the stuff that BUILDS our heavenly home
and not the stuff that MAKES a happy home.
The reward is knowing that we really do not need the stuff.
We are the meaningful creatures whose essence is
in relationship with G_d and all that entails now and tomorrow.
How do we inherit the earth, then? Just claim to be meek?
Recognize that Today is the Day. We must get our minds right.
Do not be fooled by the promises for a better tomorrow from politicians.
Politicians are NOT givers.
They want your vote and support.
They want your tax dollars to spend on themselves.
They want the power to cry and have you come running.
They want to crush their (sibling) rivals.
They want to make other people disappear.
They want your time.
They want your devotion.
They want the same things that BABIES want.
Then we have to clean their diapers when THEY mess up.
And they mess up, don’t they?
Politicians focus on the STUFF. Every day.
It is their religion.
Worse is the politicians’ agenda.
This agenda is NOT about what is good for us as a nation.
This agenda is to fight the ANCIENT feuds.
They want to us to believe it is okay
if they use our tax dollars
to get even with their rivals.
This is why St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians about the Spiritual War (mighty in G_d):
“For though we walk in the flesh,
we do not war according to the flesh.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal
but mighty in G_d for pulling down strongholds,
casting down arguments and every high thing
that exalts itself against the knowledge of G_d”
~ 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5
The arguments mentioned above
are the “good angel” versus “bad angel” decisions
we make every hour of our lives.
There IS a spiritual war going on.
It is an all-out effort,
a fight for a generation.
THE fight for heart and mind.
If we focus on the STUFF,
G_d will gladly hand us a BUCKET of things
that no human can carry.
If we focus on a better relationship with G_d,
G_d will hand us a FUNNEL
to take in all the countless blessings
so we can pour them out on the many persons
who need us as a representative of G_d in their lives.
The only way to inherit the earth is to focus on being meek.
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