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Pope Francis explains the meek in the third beatitude

During the General Audience, Pope Francis spoke about the third beatitude. He explained that when Jesus says, “ the meek will inherit the earth,” it refers to the promise of heaven for all children of God. 

The pope reflected saying those children who have learned to “guard the territory of their relationship with God and preserve his gifts of peace, mercy and fraternity” are the meek. The only thing which destroys this inheritance is sin. 


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In our continuing catechesis on the Beatitudes, we now consider the third Beatitude: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Mt 5:5). Scripture uses the term “meek” for the poor and the dispossessed of the land. Jesus’ statement that the meek will inherit the earth can thus seems contradictory. 

Yet the Lord tells us that the meek will inherit the earth. The Beatitude ultimately points us to the heavenly homeland promised to the children of God.

For Jesus, the meek are those who have learned to guard the territory of their relationship with God and preserve his gifts of peace, mercy and fraternity. Sin can destroy this inheritance, for the hatred and division that flow from sin are destructive. Meekness, on the other hand, preserves this inheritance, enables it to grow and wins the hearts of others by love, kindness and friendship. By imitating the meekness of Christ, may we help to extend his kingdom and come to receive the inheritance promised to us by the Beatitude.

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially the groups from England, Norway, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and the United States of America. Upon all of you and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

May God bless you!