Mass Readings: 1 Kings 21:1-16/Matthew 5:38-42

Peace Requires Action

Pope Paul VI once stated, “If you want peace, work for justice.” Peace is more than the absence of violence; rather it’s a positive virtue that necessitates one to take action. Jesus expresses this idea in today’s Gospel. He first describes peace as offering no resistance to injury, but then says that if someone needs anything from us, we must be gracious and give even more than is asked.

We all seek peace, in our world, nation, neighborhood, and family. But peace won’t be presented to us as a gift; it’s something that we must initiate. The lyrics of a popular Christian hymn say, “Peace is flowing like a river, flowing out of you and me.” Let’s be peaceable people by reaching out to someone in need this day.

Prayer: Lord, as St. Francis prayed, “Make me an instrument of your peace.”