Strive For Peace

18 Dec

“If the lamb is to lie down with the lion, then peace must overcome conflict, healing must mend injury.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley

As discussed before, peace is something that is so desperately needed in our world and something for which so many people long. We need to remember that peace is not going to be handed to us. We need to work for peace. We need to live peace. We need to embody peace.

Jesus gave us everything that we need by His incredible birth, through His teachings, and in His death and resurrection. It is up to us to do our part to bring His Kingdom into our world. If we live for this world rather than for the Kingdom, we will perform a grave disservice both to ourselves and to others.

There is conflict in our world, yes. There is injury. There is hurt and doubt and any other negative word and reality that you could name. But it doesn’t have to be so. We could bring healing to injury. We could bring strength and comfort to weakness and poverty.

As you read this reflection, if you are thinking about the words, I would bet that you have already had the Peace Prayer of St. Francis go through your mind. Those powerful words are a great recipe for bringing God into the world. “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.”

FAITH ACTION:  Be a person of peace today.