Capsule for the Day
"Anawim" is a powerful Hebrew term. It means both the poor and the meek. Matthew used it in his Gospel to say something on how we should relate with God. We should relate with Him as beggars, those who depend solely on Him, the anawim, the poor, the meek. We shouldn't be aggressive in our dealings with God. We should be meek.
So, "happy are the meek", the gentle, those who approach issues as beggars, the anawim not like the proud and boastful aristocrats who feel they have it all and can talk down to God and others. But like the humble beggar who knows he or she has to ask nicely and wait patiently. Matthew draws us to one of Jesus' saying "Be like a little child".
This Beatitude is an attitude of the Children of the Kingdom. It is often the hardest to cultivate especially in a society of the survival of the fittest. Being meek tends to put one at odds with the rest of the world. But it is wise to be meek. For aggression leads to bitterness, which then steals our happiness. But meekness puts us in harmony with God.
Fr. Francis Afu