Monday 15th June – Monday of week 11 of the year
Reflection: Matthew 5:38-42
BLESSED ARE THE PEACE MAKERS
I ordinarily enjoy listening to news in other to keep abreast of happenings at the national and global levels. However, in recent times, it appears I am gradually losing my fondness for news, especially as it affects the world at large. Barely can you watch a news bulletin on the cable stations without the report of violence, killings and wars. Despite efforts by multinational bodies like the United Nations and the rest, sustainable peace remains elusive to many parts of the world. Man’s roadmaps to peace have failed again and again.
At the root of many conflicts are injustice, greed and pride. These are fuelled by lack of sincere reconciliation and forgiveness. Against the world’s belligerent and vengeful disposition to injustice and oppression, Christ advocates a peaceful and non-retaliatory resolution of differences. This is the stem of the Gospel message for today.
Beloved in Christ, how quick are you to retaliate unjust act done to you? Do you allow the sobriety and wisdom of the Holy Spirit to guide your actions or you are rather too hasty to follow the natural but rarely productive convention around you? If we would be peace makers, we must necessarily possess a good deal of meekness and forgiveness. We must constantly remind ourselves that the way of God, though sometimes look foolish to the world, clearly supersedes the ways of man. Let us stand as agent of peace in our world; let us model Christ response to injustice and be generous in forgiveness. Yes we can, through the help of the Holy Spirit (Philippians 4:13).
PRAYER: Dear Lord, please grant me a heart that is meek, loving and patient. Help me to be an agent of peace wherever I go. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 397– What does Jesus think about nonviolence?
Jesus places a high value on nonviolent action. He commands his disciples: “Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also” (Mt 5:39).
Hide a treasure: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5: 9 RSV-CE
Today’s Readings: 2 Corinthians 6: 1-10; Psalm 98:1-4; Matthew 5:38-42