Tuesday, 6th week of Easter, May 8, 2018
We may experience the lack of Gentleness more than anything else in daily life. We blame ourselves—
and others—for impatience, speaking harshly, pushing instead of persuading, ordering instead of asking. For using fear of consequences more than conversion.
We forget our relationship, our yoke of partnership with Jesus who said: “Learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart” (Matthew 11:29).
People rejected Jesus as Messiah because he would not use power to deliver them—or himself—from suffering. In the measure we reject Gentleness in favor of power and violence, we reject the way of Jesus. And Jesus himself.
Pope Francis said: “For Christians, nonviolence is not merely tactical behavior but a person’s way of being, the attitude of one who is so convinced of God’s love and power that he or she is not afraid to tackle evil with the weapons of love and truth alone. Love of one’s enemy constitutes the nucleus of the ‘Christian revolution’” (World Day of Peace Message, January 1, 2017).
Because Gentleness is the total relinquishment of all power to God, it is the Fruit of the Spirit that most explicitly reveals total abandonment of self to the will of the Father, to the love of Jesus acting with us and in us and through us; to the guidance of the Spirit. It lets us say, "It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me" (Galatians 2:20).
By Gentleness we will know it.
To live Gentleness, abandon yourself to God.