“Blessed are the Peace makers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9)
In a time of deep-seated divisions, even among Christians, it’s important we take our eyes off our favorite newsfeed at regular intervals and look up to the Lord Jesus, who is seated in Glory (Revelation 4-5). To be sure, any examination of the situation in our fallen world these days is enough to drive even the most optimistic among us to wonder where God is in all of this: continued surges in the pandemic; renewed civil unrest, violence and loss of life. We need to seek higher grounds and the resulting fresh perspective.
So what do we do? We continue to persevere, praying for the end of the pandemic; we continue to stand against senseless violence and loss of life; we remain vigilant to “maintain unity in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3) as believers in Christ. And, as we turn our eyes back toward the Book of Revelation of Jesus after our Christmas season, we remember what the Prince of Peace says: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9).
This week, let’s be active peacemakers to those around us, proclaiming that peace is first of all reconciliation between us and God. And out of that peace with God (Romans 5:1), we are freed to have peace with one another and become agents of reconciliation to those around us. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” Paul exhorts us (Romans 12:21). May God continue to bless our community of faith in 2021 as we stand as a witness to the Grace of God in Christ here in the Boston area, in the US and throughout the world.