“Blessed are the meek” it says in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Yet, who in our world would want to own the designation of being one of the meek? The world doesn’t bless the meek. They are disdained as weak, powerless, of little account. Encouraging meekness has been a way of keeping people out of power, of squelching complaints. During this season of remembering the great love God showed through the gift of God’s Son, through the wonder of the Word becoming flesh, we might begin to see that meekness is not the same as powerlessness. Jesus saw himself as God’s child, first and foremost. He did not focus on himself. He made all his decisions based on God’s ways. Even in the garden he prayed, “Not my will be done, but yours.” Was he powerless? No. But his power flowed from his willingness to follow God in all things. He was, by the world’s standards meek. He refused to defend himself. His meekness allowed him to see, fully and truly, those the world around him discounted, ignored, despised and injured. He knew God’s great love for them as he knew God’s live for him.