Beatitudes: Matthew 5:3-11

Blessed are the Peacemakers

 

Verse 9:

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (NRSV)

 

You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family. (The Message)

 

Blessed are those who plant peace each season; they shall be named the children of God. (Aramaic, Neil Douglas-Klotz, Prayers of the Cosmos)

 

Your place of grief teaches you compassion and invites you to treat others with compassion. The peacemakers are those who seek to bring peace to their own hearts so that their interactions with others come from a place of peace. They are those who extend the practice of shalom into the world. Where in your heart do you experience the longing to make peace? (Christine Paintner, The Artist’s Rule)

 

Who does Jesus commend? Not the ones who have necessarily found peace in its fullness but the ones who, just for that reason, try to bring it about wherever and however they can—peace with their neighbors and God, peace with themselves. (Frederick Buechner, Whistling in the Dark)

 

 

Reflections on this beatitude

Which of the options resonates with you the most? Why?

How are you doing with finding peace within your own heart?

Where in your world does peace most need to grow?

How do you experience God’s peace?

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