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.
Excuse me a moment…would you dare say any of these things about Jesus? Of course not! Those things are fine for Him, but come on. After all, times have changed. Jesus didn’t live in a time like ours. Or did He? Seems that the human condition has always been just that. The more things change, the more they stay the same. As Christians, are we not called to imitate Christ? To work each day to be more like Him? Last time I checked…
Father, help us today to be meek and humble of heart. Amen.