Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
- Matthew 5:9
Today, Marc compares the chaos and pressing for peace in our world to Jesus’ world, which was on the brink of descending into mayhem, as evidenced by the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of its temple within 40 years of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
As He rides into Jerusalem for His final time, Jesus weeps over the city because its people do not know the things that make for peace. In Matthew 5:43, Jesus challenges us—commands us even—to “love [our] enemies and pray for those who persecute [us], so that [we] may be children of [our] Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:44-45).
Let us be broken over what we see in our world, yet also moved to go make peace between people and God by loving them, caring for them, and giving charity to the poor.
How we do what we do is just as important as what we do.
Question: Are you broken for our world? What are you doing about it?
Family Chat: What can we do as a family to show love to others in our neighborhood and our community? (Make a plan to carry out what you agreed to and go for it!)
Take Action: Choose one action you can take this week and every week that spreads the love, joy, care, and charity of our heavenly Father in your community.