Rooted in Love



To be a peacemaker is to be one who loves in all the fullness of what it means to love. First, loving what is good, fun, and beautiful goes a long way towards making peace. Such love brings happiness and blessing into our lives and world. Second, loving and caring for others and letting them love and care for us also creates the health and wholeness of peace in our lives.

We start being peacemakers with our roots in these ways of loving, but we soon find that our roots need to go deeper and deeper into a way of loving that isn’t dependent on our preferences for fun or companionship. The loving we are then called to steps into the bad, miserable, and horrible of life and embraces those who are unloving and the uncaring. This kind of love works to create healing and wholeness, reconciliation and justice. This kind of love makes for peace. It’s the kind of love that Jesus has for us. It’s the love of God for the world. Letting this love and the peace it makes grow in our lives is how we love others as Jesus has loved us.


This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

John 15:12


  • Reflect on this week’s scripture. Are there any words or ideas that especially resonate with you or challenge you?
  • Jesus’ love is universal—for all—but also, personal—for you. What does his love look like in your life? How might you then love others as he has loved you? 
  • Where do you most need love in your life? Where do you most need peace?

  • Our prayer throughout this series is the Prayer of St. Francis. We pray that we might seek to love others rather than seeking to be loved by them. However, the whole prayer gives us insight into how to love and thus be a peacemaker. As you pray, reflect on each line as a prayer about creating peace and loving others.


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.