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Week 3 – Blessed are the Meek

5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
(Matthew 5:5)

Whewww… it has been a busy few weeks!

People who’ve known me for a while, know that I have been methodically piecing together a home-theater for about 10 years now. It has been a painstaking process as I’ve slowly added components as I could afford them, and replacing those that have become grossly obsolete. One of the challenging things is helping my family figure out how to turn the devices on and what settings to set when they want to use it. Angel, who is extremely intelligent, has given up trying to keep up with it and simply calls me into the room to get things set. I have to admit, it’s a beast of a system – a lot of power, but very unwieldy.

Fortunately, I recently added a programmable universal remote to my system. Calling it a universal remote really underrates what this thing does. It is an “activity-based” remote that let’s you control all devices and their settings depending on what activity you want to do.  So, if you want to watch a movie, it automatically turns the receiver to the correct inputs and outputs, turns the projector on and sets it’s source, and also turns on the Blu-ray player – all with a single button click. It’s amazing. The mountain of remotes that I used to have at the ready are now in a drawer and this single remote is all I need. All that power, finally under control. Angel now finds it a breeze to use.

I wonder if people sometimes looks at Christianity as a behemoth that is unwieldy and hard to handle. I wonder what we do that could be reinforcing that notion. Sometimes we carry Christianity like a big stick, ready to squash the “enemy”. Sometimes we carry it around like a pocket reference library – too complicated to speak of from the heart, on the fly. Sometimes we relish the “complexity” because we want to keep it exclusively ours.

I see Jesus’ answer to the law-expert in Matthew 22:35-40 like a universal remote. It takes all the “gear” and makes it extremely accessible. No, it’s not a full theology – but it the summation of all of God’s commands. Love God with all you are -and others as yourself.  If we begin there, shouldn’t everything else follow close to God’s heart? If we begin there, wouldn’t our lives embody the kind of meekness that Jesus alludes to in the beatitudes?