Meek is often associated with the shy or unsure, those who stay out of the way and let others lead. But when Jesus calls us to be meek, He is not asking us to be pushovers or to be wallflowers on the sidelines. He is calling us to live a grace-filled, purposeful life.
The meekness we are being called to is a self-assured behavior, confident in our faith and what Christ was called us to do. Rather than needing a trumpet to announce our weekly giving, we go about it quietly. Instead of picking fights with others about their faith or politics, we calmly disagree respectfully and on our way. This isn't to say that we shouldn't stand up when something is wrong or defend our faith, but it means we have the wisdom and grace to fight the real battles. We don't need to prove ourselves by constantly shouting our "correct" opinions.
The ultimate example of meekness in Matthew's Gospel is Jesus. Often, when Jesus is used as the role model, we are intimidated. "I can't do that, I can't be like Him; He is God's Son." And you're right, He is God's Son, fully divine. But also fully human; Jesus could have said, "no" at any point. He meekly accepted that God had a greater plan and followed it. The events leading up to His Crucifixion give us an incredible testimony to meekness. Jesus knew who He was and what He had come to do. He meekly accepted His fate with dignity and love. But keep in mind, meekness does not mean we have no temper, no passion for our faith; Jesus flipped tables in synagogue and rebuked Pharisees and scribes.
Today, I invite you to read Matthew 26:57-68 and reflect on the kind of grace needed to withstand such treatment. How do you react in the face of such abuse for your faith in God? Try to act with meekness today somewhere small, like on your social media or around an antagonistic co-worker.