Blessed are the peacemakers
Jesus knows that he will die in Jerusalem. He also knows that the kingdom of God does not come through taking up arms and fighting back, but only through sacrifice. Jesus knows you cannot win. All you can do is walk down the path of peace and let the other’s pick up their crosses and follow you. Conflict does not make you happy. Conflict does not make you whole. It leads to tears, pain and loneliness. It leads to the place that is farthest away from God. Peace is at the heart of the gospel. The antidote to the desperate song of violence has always been peace. Inner and out peace. Peace that comes from the restorative power of God’s love.
Rev. Olaf Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA.
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