Here is part of our Old Testament reading for today, from Isaiah: ‘In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see.
The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall exult in the Holy One of Israel’.
What is ‘meekness’? A late twelfth century English word, it means to be gentle or mild of temper, forbearing under provocation.
The fourteenth century Cloud of Unknowing explains that ‘Meekness in itself is nought else, but a true knowing and feeling of a man’s self as he is’. Meekness therefore is truth – the truth about ourselves, the humble recognition of ourselves as we are before God. It is in the joyful recognition of this that we find ‘fresh joy in the Lord’. May God bless you with this virtue, today and always.