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God is a peacemaker.  He always reconciles with His prodigal sons and daughters ( cf Lk 15:11-32 ) and keeps looking for the lost sons and daughters until He finds them ( cf Lk 15:4 ).  This is an image of God.

 

When we actively pursue peace with our family members, neighbours, and our communities, we bring out the image of God and hence become children of God ( Mt 5:9 ).  This is what we are called to do with our gifts or talents.  This is what Pope Benedict asked us to seriously get involved in through his homily on July 23rd, 2006.

 

The pope said, . . . Precisely in this moment -- in a moment of great abuse of the name of God -- we need the God who triumphs on the Cross, who wins not with violence but WITH HIS LOVE. Precisely in this moment we need the face of Christ, to know the true face of God and thereby to carry reconciliation and light to this world . . .

 

In the Talent article written by Anita Tolentino, we see that not necessarily all of us may be able to do great things to serve God and our neighbours but each one of us is given at least a gift or talent to bring peace and joy to ourselves and others.  We just have to turn to God and accept His tender and loving invitation.  In practical terms, the best offer we could give to God is to truly reconcile with our brothers and sisters ( all sons and daughters of God ) over our differences, misunderstandings, and anger and/or bitterness with each other ( Mt 5:23-24 ).

 

When we can have alleged home-grown terrorists and Kimveer Gill who opened fire on more than 20 students in Dawson College of Montreal recently in a peaceful country like Canada, we know that God is definitely calling us to follow the ways to life ( beatitudes Mt 5:3-10 ), to be peacemakers in our own midst, and to reach out to those of us who are in isolation and desolation, and especially to people like the third servant in the parable of talents who might hold a grudge against God or misunderstand who God is all about.

 

Are we ready to become salt of the earth ( Mt 5:13 ) and act as agents of transformation to give peace and joy to our neighbours in our communities?  Are we ready to embrace the reign of God today just like Fr. John Dear says in his article here?   Are we willing to use our gifts and talents to give life and peace to each other so that we can experience a glimpse of heaven now?

 

The Spiritual Express Editorial Team