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Read John 20:19-23 

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

Early in my childhood my mother introduced me to a fearless Jesus, who dared to care for others and to speak against evil, violence, and injustice. In today’s reading from John, the risen Christ greeted the disciples and empowered them with his presence. He said to them, “Peace by with you!” 

When Jesus came as the Prince of Peace, he taught us that only by working for justice in our communities and our world can conflict and discord be transformed into harmony. Jesus built bridges across racial divides and attempted to connect all people. He dreamed of forming one global family—the kingdom of God. 

We need a deeper spirit of understanding among all persons if we are to demonstrate real and lasting peace. We establish peace on earth and goodwill to humankind by our acts of love. When we give what we can to those in need, we share the good news of the Prince of Peace with the world. 

Prayer: Loving God, fill our hearts with peace, contentment, and courage as we work to build your kingdom. We pray as Jesus taught us, saying, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.” (Lk. 11:2-4, NIV). Amen. 

Thought for the day: Each act of love is a building block in the kingdom of God. 

S. Thevanesan, New York