Wednesday, May 20, 2015


I was thinking about gentleness today.  As we find ourselves in the middle of the Novena to the Holy Spirit and meditating on the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, I gravitated toward gentleness.

We read these words in the psalm for today, psalm 68:Blessed day by day be the Lord, who bears our burdens.

Now is there a better definition than this to understand gentleness?

Gentleness can be seen as the way we bear he burdens of another.

God bears our burdens.  In fact, a more literal translation of that line can be, "God carries us."

We are God's burden and he gladly carries us.  In fact, he has carried the weight all the way to calvary that we might be set free.

Jesus tells us in the gospel, unless we deny ourselves, pick up our cross daily, follow him, we can not be his disciples.

The greek word for picking up the cross as Jesus mentions it is to carry what ha already been lifted.  Now how is that for true gentleness. Jesus is just demanding we carry the load but he is inviting us to carry what he himself as already lifted high.

Today, think about how you bear the burden of another.  Do we press down on them to make the load heavier or do we help raise the burden in their lives after the model of Christ himself?

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