Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Peace is not an absence of conflict and violence.  It is a set of relationships based on justice, participation and a recognition of our mutual humanity and inter-dependence.

 

It is easy to blame those who stridently highlight injustice and oppression as being the ones who disturb the peace, but they are in fact pointing out that peace does not exist where there is institutional violence or injustice.

 

Jesus calls us to be peacemakers, not by ignoring sources of conflict and violence, but by committing ourselves to non-violent action to bring about a set of relationships based on justice, equality and participation.

 

Let us say together a short litany of peace:

 

We commit ourselves:

 

To being peacemakers in our own lives, families, and communities as well as nationally and internationally

All: Blessed are the peacemakers

 

To building relationships based on justice, equality and participation as the only true basis for a peaceful society

All: Blessed are the peacemakers

 

To forgiving others when they do wrong against us

All: Blessed are the peacemakers

 

To not ignoring the real sources of conflict and violence

All: Blessed are the peacemakers

 

To not retaliating when we are attacked or criticised

All: Blessed are the peacemakers

 

To resolving conflict constructively through dialogue

All: Blessed are the peacemakers

 

 

Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 6: Peace and Justice. Prayers: Invocation. Resource Types: Readings.

Review & Commentary

One thought on “Blessed Are the Peacemakers

  1. I see that you have missed the mark with “Blessed are the peacemakers!”

    I disagree with your premise below that peace is a set of relationships. Please don’t twist words around to fit your own ideology. You wrote below…

    “It is easy to blame those who stridently highlight injustice and oppression as being the ones who disturb the peace,”

    “but they are in fact pointing out that peace does not exist where there is institutional violence or injustice.”

    … but you missed the point.

    Jesus made it clear to me that his message of peace was an internal and inner state of being which is completely independent of external happenings. Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is within.” Not in a set of relationships based on justice, equality and participation. The fact that he violently through out the temple money changers suggest that non-violent action isn’t the only way. If he remained inwardly calm and peaceful while he was violently throwing people around, that would be a peacemaker.

    Peacemakers are those who inspire others to inward calmness in every and all circumstances.

    I would like to see you truly inspire others with your writing, rather than parroting common sense, passive affirmations that everyone, who would read this, already understands. You should write about how one should go about committing themselves to non-violent action. What does that really means in world completely different than Jesus’ world?

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