Grace to you!
The Seventh Beatitude is "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Mt 5:9).
Have you ever worked in a hostile environment or lived in a home where people are very hostile to each other? How do you feel in such a situation?
Too many an individual would prefer to move to a new job or a new home and accept a pay cut than stay in a position where everybody is fighting everybody.
The seventh beatitude is a unique condition of blessedness which must be cultivated by people in hostile environments.
It feels good to have a peacemaker in the house. That person becomes a source of calm, tranquility when the house is on fire. If you are such a person, you are truly blessed.
Who is a peacemaker? The first is to understand what peace is.
Saint Augustine described peace as "the tranquility of order." Order is another way of speaking of when things or events are in their right, proper place, or sequence. When things are in order, they fit.
I would suggest that peace is the condition where things and acts and thoughts are aligned in their proper order. Simply put, it is when things—social and personal—hold together.
The first gift of God to nature at creation was bringing order to chaos. God is nature's orderer. Hence the harmonious beauty of creation from God, who is beauty itself.
Imagine, then, when an ordered thing is tranquil. Such a situation would be like the most calming, refreshing, and peaceful experience.
Disorder can happen in the hearts of people. Such people are confused or disoriented in one or another aspect of their lives. It could also occur between persons and the larger society. It is the case when enmity, suspicion, and hostility take the upper hand.
His Holiness, Saint Pope John XXII beautifully described what he called the “four pillars of peace” in his encyclical letter, Pacem in Terris. All four pillars of peace—justice, truth, love and freedom—, as the Pope described them, are crucial for order in society. There is peace when justice is done, truth is told, love is lived, and freedom is guaranteed and protected.
Disorder could equally happen when people aren't at peace with their existence and with God.
The Peacemaker is the one whose disposition is to restore order. The person brings tranquil order within himself or herself to bring that to others. No one gives what they don't have. The Peacemaker also is always disposed to reconcile people with each other.
The Peacemaker provides a spiritual support system or a resource so people who are not at peace with God could be reconciled to God. In that sense, any "missionaries of Divine Mercy" is a peacemaker too.
More importantly, the Peacemakers are those who act as God's instrument of reconciliation and peace to themselves and others. Such people are regarded as sons and daughters of God.
Do you have such people in your family, your community, your workplace, or even your church? Don't you see how people acknowledge their unique qualities in the group? Such qualities are always refreshing, bringing calm to our disordered and often disoriented society.
May we be that voice of peace too. Amen
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Wednesday, Week 11, Ordinary Time: 2 Kings 2:1, 6-14; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18]
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Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.