PEACEMAKERSBlessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
This sermon of Jesus describes the kingdom of God, what his disciples must do. It is not addressed to individuals, but to the community of faith. What is promised here is not reward for being good or for meeting requirements but God’s gracious response to the human condition as it is, especially that of the disciples.
Jesus in the Beatitudes is actually saying ‘Work for peace’. Disciples are not just ‘to be’. They are called ‘to do’, to be engaged in working for peace. Jesus expected the disciples to do the same things he had been doing, which the God of peace is doing. In this time of war and terrorism we are called to be peacemakers. The world says blessed are those who are competitive, aggressive; but Jesus, the Prince of Peace, says blessed are those who are peacemakers.
The community that is blessed does not just sit passively, waiting for and then enjoying God’s blessings. Rather, we live as if the rule of God is present in all its fullness. By the way we live, we translate these words into reality. If you want to be called a child of God, be sure you are a peacemaker!
Prayer † I will listen to what God the Lord says: he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants – but let them not turn to folly. Amen.
The World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) is a fellowship of 75 million Reformed Christians in 214 churches in 107 countries. Its member churches are Congregational, Presbyterian, Reformed and United churches with roots in the 16th-century Reformation led by John Calvin, John Knox and others. WARC has a small secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.