Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of meekness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal 6: 1-2)

Here it is again, the word one doesn’t hear much anymore: meekness. It is a divine gift, a gentleness of the Holy Spirit, demonstrated in gentle behaviour when one is confronted with an opposite kind of behaviour. But I don’t know if that sentence made any sense. What I mean is, “meekness” is a behaviour vis-à-vis confrontations and challenges. It is different from “humility,” in that “humility” is first and foremost a state of being, while “meekness” is always a behaviour. It involves “carrying” other people’s burdens/shortcomings rather than exacerbating them with annoyance, frustration, or condemnation. For example, if I am working on a project with my crew, and one of the crew messes it up, costing me time and money, I can choose to: 1. have a fit and tell him he is negligent and generally useless, or 2. I can take a deep, prayerful breath, sit down with him and help fix the mess-up, encouraging him to do better next time. Sadly I don’t always choose 2. :(

In any event, as I begin another busy day of this holiday season, let me take pause and open up to His “Spirit of meekness.” Let me unburden myself of unreasonable demands and expectations of others, taking up His light-filled cross, as I prepare to greet Him, Who is to be born in a lonely cave in Bethlehem. As He comes in meekness to begin His own cross-carrying journey, let me refocus from my will to His, greeting Him in His Spirit: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people of good will.

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