THE WORD: Blessed inheritance

“Embarkation of the Pilgrims” by Robert Walter Weir (1844) hangs in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. (Architect of the Capitol | Public Domain)

The third Beatitude tells us concisely that the meek shall inherit the earth. That promise was made in Psalm 37:11 and Isaiah 29:19. The fifth verse of Matthew 5 is likely the most famous of the Beatitudes but is related to the first of the Beatitudes, which promises the Kingdom of Heaven to the “poor in spirit.” The term “meek” can also be interpreted as gentle, soft, patient or forbearing.

The meek are not without power. The meek people who will inherit the earth are not downtrodden, passive or timid. They are humble. Just as the poor in spirit are aware of their deficit — which can only be paid by divine grace — the meek know their foundation is in their faith in God. The meek keep their focus on God which allows them to withstand injustice, unfairness or injury.


Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.