Fr. Rick’s Two Minute Homily for 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, A, January 29, 2023
Matthew 5:1-12a https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/012923.cfm
The Strength of Meekness.
Years ago, I remember riding a horse in a hacienda in Venezuela. I will never forget a raging bull running for us out of nowhere, my horse went into a gallop, and I held on for dear life. When it was safe, the horse came to a slow gallop, and I took a deep breath.
If the horse I rode were a wild stallion, I would be as scared of the horse as I would the bull. The horse is much stronger than me, but after training became meek. The term comes from a Greek word, “praus (prah-oos)—the military use that word when referring to a trained horse. Think how you can train the horse’s fierce power and wild nature to respond to a slight nudge from the foot of its rider.
A meek person is not a wimp. There are times to assert ourselves, and there are times to be passive. I know, as many people do, that if I am driving a car, I will not have even one drink, which is meekness.
Like the horse with his rider, we need to cooperate with God, who has all the power, intellect, and will to guide us along a safe path of life. Pray for meekness when you want to take back control. Lord Jesus, I surrender myself to You; take care of everything.
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC