‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God’ – Vicar’s weekly thought 30th June

‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God’ [1] Quite a calling!

When asked what someone really wants to pray for, one of the most frequent answers is ‘Peace’. People may mean everything from world peace, through peace in their relationships, to peace within themselves – there are so many areas of life where there is no peace! But almost weekly at our Communion services we pray, ‘Let us pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life.’[2] I’m not sure how seriously we take that as we say it! Sure, the practicalities and dynamics of being peacemakers are tricky! (sometimes to say the least!) But the Christian message is at its deepest root one of peace and reconciliation – of all that makes for peace. St Paul wrote that ‘God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself.’[3] And that ‘God has given us the ministry of reconciliation’[3] . And Jesus beautifully explained how if we do this we will ‘truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.’[4] This desire for peace is quite simply on the Father’s heart. And if we will learn to find out what it takes, and by the grace and power of the Holy Spirit practice and pursue it, we will follow the very calling of His heart.

[1] The 7th Beatitude from Matthew 5.9 [2] Romans 14.19 (and the Common Worship Prayer Book!) [3] 2 Corinthians 5.18-19 [4] Luke 6.35