“Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.”
The most profound thing that I have been taught this week has been the importance of “praying for your enemies.” It’s not enough to oppose injustice or wickedness, because anyone can hate. But it’s so much harder to love, and to love when that love doesn’t come “naturally”. Instead of attacking relentlessly, we can of course learn to listen, but in prayer we have to both speak and listen. In prayer we give to God what’s of deepest concern in our hearts. In prayer God speaks to our desires. And if God begins to take the concerns for our enemies, he will speak to us about peace. It is easy to hate, but to take concern for those who discriminate against you, who rebuke and ridicule you, and to present those concerns for other human persons to God is difficult.
To be a peacemaker is to feel peace within oneself, so strong and restless that it must be shared. To be a peacemaker does not mean to be passive, but instead to actively work for peace. To be a peacemaker is to love and to fight and to struggle and to feel pain and still to want to share love, the love of God, above all else.
To be a peacemaker is to be a warrior of God’s love. To be a peacemaker is to be a child of God.
My other reflections on the Beatitudes, thus far.