Making Whole

WEEK 1

INTRODUCTION


We define PEACE usually with the idea that peace is a condition in which we are free from something we don’t want: war, disturbances, unrest, insecurity, and noise. Jesus understood peace differently. For him, peace meant the Hebrew word shalom. Shalom was (and is still today) a greeting of hello or goodbye that offered to another a desire for their health and security. But this desire is rooted in a desire for wholeness and completeness for ourselves, others, and our world. Jesus understood peace as compassionate hope and work for everything that brings healing, reconciliation, justice, and unity. Peace isn’t the absence of disturbance as much as the presence of the good, the healthy, and the whole.


Not surprisingly, when we see peace as Jesus understood it, peace isn’t so much something we wait for but something we actively make. We are called to be peacemakers not just people who think peace is a good idea. Peace is something we do and create as we bring healing and wholeness into our lives and the world around us.


THIS WEEK’S SCRIPTURE

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9

INVITATIONS

  • Reflect on this week’s scripture. Are there any words or ideas that especially resonate with you or challenge you?
  • How do you define peace? How might the concept of shalom influence your definition?


  • To be a peacemaker is to be called a child of God. As you reflect on peace, what do you discover about God who is the “Parent of the Peacemakers”?
  • Our prayer throughout this series is the Prayer of St. Francis. As you pray it, allow it to deepen what peace means for you and for our world.

THIS WEEK’S PRAYER

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.