Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:9
This seventh beatitude which forms the object of our reflection today, reminds believers that the other identity by which children of God are recognized is that they are Peacemakers. Let me paraphrase what a Christian writer once wrote “Peacemakers are people who breathe grace. They draw continually on the goodness and power of Jesus Christ, and then they bring His love, mercy, forgiveness, strength, and wisdom to the conflict of daily life. God uses his children (peacemakers) to dissipate the anger, improve understanding, promote justice and make repentance and reconciliation a reality.” God is the God of peace (1 Thessalonians 5:16) and we show ourselves to be His children when we make peace in the workplace, in the community, in our homes, and in the whole world.
The scripture says, “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.”(Rom.14:19) Our mission is to enthrone peace wherever we find ourselves. However, the first step in becoming a peacemaker is to reconcile with God. Only the one who has the peace of God in his soul can give it to others. A lot of families are in need of peace, towns are desiring peace, countries are always involved in peace talk, the human mind cries for peace, the world clamours for global peace yet the reality is different. Kathryn Kuhlman narrated a story thus “I went to see a wise old man, and he was very kind, what is life’s sweetest gift, I asked; He answered, peace of mind. When I meet a great physician, I was surprised to find, that he thought the finest medicine; was simply peace of mind.” In truth we all need peace, but as important as we desire it, we find it absent in our mind, in our pious societies, in our communities, in our countries, in our families. The important question some are asking is why is there no peace? There is always strife and conflict, with little hope for peace and unity. The peace that God brings is not really an absence of hostilities, intolerance, or the unwillingness to give way but the true peace that the world need calls for a complete change of nature which only God can give. It is peace that the world does not understand (John 14:27). It begins with reconciliation with God and extends to reconciliation with other people. True peace means tranquility of order. Order is the subordination of the senses to reason, body to soul, reason to faith, the whole personality to God. St. Augustine explains that “Man is unable to be in peace with the lower things except he has peace with the highest being. And this is the peace promised on earth to men of good will.” God’s peace is only possible when everything is in its proper order and oriented to Him. The true peacemakers are those who promote the kingdom of God. By their lives, they work for the promotion of the kingdom of God, reconciling adversaries, quenching hatred, uniting those who are divided, promoting true understanding and true love and forgiveness. Let us conclude today’s reflection with Romans 12:18, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”
- Tell God specifically the areas in your life, family where you need the peace of Jesus to reign.
- Father! Prince of peace, let every storm of conflict in my life and family come to an end in the name of Jesus.
- Take this Prayer: Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Exercise: Go and reconcile with anyone you are not at peace with today.
Memory Verse: Luke 6:35