Thought of the Day July 25, 2019 Jesus, the meek and just one

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At the same time, Jesus, the model of meekness and gentleness, showed just anger in the Temple for his Father’s house that had become a commercial den of thieves. And he showed prophetic justice when he cursed the fig tree, symbol of the barren life of the religious leaders of his day. He was still meek, but the justice of God needed to be expressed. 

Pope Francis said: “If we are constantly upset and impatient with others, we will end up drained and weary. But if we regard the faults and limitations of others with tenderness and meekness, without an air of superiority, we can actually help them and stop wasting our energy on useless complaining. Saint Thérèse of Lisieux tells us that “perfect charity consists in putting up with others’ mistakes, and not being scandalized by their faults.’”

He goes on to say: “Paul speaks of meekness as one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit (cf. Gal 5:23). He suggests that, if a wrongful action of one of our brothers or sisters troubles us, we should try to correct them, but “with a spirit of meekness”, since “you too could be tempted” (Gal 6:1). Even when we defend our faith and convictions, we are to do so “with meekness” (cf. 1 Pet 3:16). Our enemies too are to be treated “with meekness” (2 Tim 2:25). In the Church we have often erred by not embracing this demand of God’s word.

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