Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Lou Lotz

READ : Matthew 5:1-12

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (v. 9)

It is sobering and sad to think about the staggering number of nuclear weapons stockpiled throughout the world. And having bitten the nuclear apple, there is no returning to innocence. Even if, by God’s grace, we should bar the deployment and cease the production of nuclear weapons, the knowledge of how to make such weapons will forever be part of the storehouse of human knowledge. The nuclear genie is out of the bottle, and we can never stuff him back in it again.

That is why we need to hear, with a new urgency, Christ’s call for us to be peacemakers. It is not enough anymore to hope for peace or to yearn for it. Jesus doesn’t say: Blessed are the peace-hopers or the peace-yearners. Peace doesn’t just come. It has to be made. Peace makers.

But how do we make peace in the world? For one thing, we can pray for peace. Paul urges us to pray “for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life” (1 Tim. 2:2). And we can be peacemakers – reconcilers – in our own families, communities, and churches.

Peacemaking is hard. It is easier to nurse a grudge than to seek reconciliation. The appeal to anger and prejudice always gets a hearing, while the plea for reconciliation is a lonely cry. Seek peace and the world will call you a sentimentalist or a coward. But Christ calls you “sons of God.”

PRAYER

Lord, let there be peace on earth, and let it begin in me. Amen.