Lent Devotions 2019 – Day 35

REFLECT – Day 35

For the last few days we have been exploring another phrase from “The Beatitudes”. This time we’ve been focusing on ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God’. 

All week we have explored peace as a theme which shows up time and time again in the life and ministry of Jesus our Lord. 

We have often looked at it from an personal perspective and perhaps considered how we might connect together. But today we go wider with our thoughts and look beyond ourselves…even beyond the A5.

Our passage is Colossians 1:15-23. Take some time to read (or listen) to this passage now and perhaps give yourself space for the words to sink in before moving onto the devotional material. 

This part of Colossians is probably an early hymn or creed used in worship. it has a very rich and deep understanding of Christ. Everything in creation is made through Christ and is sustained by Christ. God’s fullness dwells in Christ. 

More than that, everything in all creation is reconciled in Christ through his death on the cross. 

The cross is the means of the healing not just of individuals, nor simply of communities or even nations. The cross is a profound mystery and the central point of history: God’s means of reconciling the whole of creation. 

Making peace is at the very heart of God’s mission. This is the reason Jesus Christ came.  We read the seventh beatitude with new understanding. 

We must engage with the world. We must connect our faith to issues facing our culture and society, we must offer Christ’s message of hope and peace and allow him to use us in our spheres of influence. 

This is why we, too, are called to be peacemakers and children of God. 

PRAY:
Almighty God,

from whom all thoughts 

of truth and peace proceed:
kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all,

the true love of peace…

Collection for the Peace of the World. 

ACT:
How will this seventh beatitude shape the journey of your life today and in the years to come? 

Write some ideas down and come back to them after Lent.