June 6, 2016
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:1-12)
Today we read The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel. Jesus preaches the beatitudes, the beautiful guidelines we are all called to use in living our daily lives.
I have a favorite beatitude: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
I think this resonates with me because I see so many people trying to manage the stress they have allowed to be a part of their lives. You can see in their attitude and demeanor, and often in their physical appearance, that they are losing their battle against stress. Because of this, people who seem to be at peace really stand out in the crowd.
Peacemakers are not simply people who break up fights or resolve conflict. Peacemakers are also those who make others more calm and peaceful by their own peaceful presence. They have a calming influence on others.
People who are at peace generally don’t stress over things that they can’t control. They tend to be reflective. Most importantly, they make time for prayer and put their trust, and their lives, in the hands of God.
That is what Jesus desires for us. How many times did He greet His disciples with, “Peace be with you?”