Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Monday, May 21, 2018
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
in the midst of violence Matthew 5:38-48 Vs.
45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he
makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the
righteous and on the unrighteous.
One of the
reasons why during our Holy Communion service the priest says “Peace be
with you all.” is because peace is one of the most sought after things in
the world. As individuals and as communities we have so much
material wealth but we lack peace. The salvation that
Jesus Christ offers includes peace (John 14:27 – Peace, I leave with
you; my peace I give you, I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.)
This is the peace that enabled David to write in Psalms 23:4 Even
though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil;
for you are with me; your rod and your staff – they comfort me.
The Jewish word for peace is Shalom. This “peace” applies to
individuals and to communities. When people have 'Shalom' they are
at peace with other individuals and as a community “there is a strong
desire to cooperate with and to understand other nations. Shalom
implies a striving for unity and harmony, in spite of major differences
among peoples (The Language of Judaism by Simon Glustrom.)
The peace that only God provides surpasses all understanding (Philippians
4:7.) It enables us to be calm and peaceful even when we are facing
trials and tribulations. Those who truly have God’s peace can turn
the other cheek when struck. They will not retaliate or pray for
their “enemies” to be punished. They can love their enemies
and pray for those who persecute them. God’s peace enables us to
love just like Jesus loves because we have a trust in God that will not
It also enables us to share with those around us. We no longer
consider ourselves first, but we consider the needs of others before our
own. Remember that many of Christ’s followers at that time were
very poor and did not have much. To give a coat or cloak
(especially if they only had one) meant providing for others even if the
disciple would not have anything.
Those that truly trust in the Lord will receive the love and peace that
only God can provide. They will forgive and love others because God
loves and forgives them. They have God’s peace in the midst of
violence because they are the children of God.
PRAYER Lord, grant us Your peace and make us instruments of
Your peace. Enable us to forgive, share, and love all those around
us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence
of God no matter what the conflict. - Unknown Rev. Shibi Abraham, Youth Chaplain,
North East Region
Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church