In today’s first reading from Isaiah 26, the prophet talks about how physical death is not the end for us. In fact, he talks about the resurrection of the dead. Check it out! In our Gospel reading from Matthew 11, Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.”
“Learn from me…” These two things, being meek and humble of heart, may be two of the hardest things for us to pick up. In today’s dog eat dog world, meekness is equated with weakness. No one wants to be seen as meek. Wimp! Sissy! And humble of heart? Oh, please! You’ve got to blow your own horn to get ahead. In today’s world, humility = failure.
Unfortunately, we’re all too hung up on impressing the world. This is the wrong thing to focus on. As disciples (students) of Jesus, our goal is to imitate Him. If the world isn’t impressed by meek and humble, oh well. I’d much rather people see Jesus in me than anything else.
Father, help us today to imitate your Son, to be meek and humble of heart. Amen.