Engaging Faith: Practical lesson ideas and activities for Catholic Educators

June 5, 2009

Some Biblical Seeds of Peace

Encourage your students to read, reflect, and pray for peace. The following activity is taken from Activities for Catholic Social Teaching.

Scripture Passages for Peace:

“If a grain of wheat falls in the ground and dies, it yields a rich harvest” (John 12:24*).

 “Love one another as I have loved you. . . . No greater love than to lay down your life” (John 15:12-13).

 “By the blood of Christ we have been brought close together. He is the peace between us, breaking down barriers that used to keep us apart, . . . restoring peace through the cross” (Ephesians 2:13-16).

 “Those who lose their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel will find life” (Mark 8:35).

“Love your enemies; do good to those who persecute you” (Luke 6:27, 35; Matthew 5:44).

“Pray for those who persecute you; ask God to bless those who insult you” (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:28).

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and then all these other things will be given you (Matthew 6:33).

“Forgive others and God will forgive you” (Luke 6:37).

“An eye for an eye? No, don’t try to get even with those who have hurt you” (Matthew 5:38-39).

“Take the log out of your own eye . . .” (Luke 6:42).

“Turn the other cheek; walk the extra mile” (Luke 6:29; Matthew 5:40-42).

“Give to everyone who asks and . . . lend without expecting to be paid back” (Luke 6:30, 35).

“Blessed are the poor, the meek, the gentle . . .” (Matthew 5:3-4, 7).

“but woe to you rich and well-fed” (Luke 6:20-21, 24-25)

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice” (Matthew 5:6).

“Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9).

“Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of right” (Matthew 5:10).

“Integrity will bring peace; justice give lasting security” (Isaiah 32:17).


  1. Which of these Scripture passages challenges you most at this moment?
  2. Which most touches your heart and what does it reveal about the things that make for peace?
  3. What one thing could you do specifically to put this passage into practice?

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