Blog Posts for "Peace"

A Different Kind of Peace

Acts 14:19-28; John 14:27-31a At first glance, today’s readings seem to be a study in contrasts—hardship, hard work and an exhausting stream of activity by the apostles in Acts versus Jesus’ gift of his peace to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.  Do let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”—John 14:27 The world promises peace from the outside:  through wealth and security, by means of negotiation or imposition, through power, control...

Instruments of God's Healing Grace

Monday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time Ephesians 4:32-5:8; Luke 13:10-17 Talk about setting the bar high! In his Letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul urges us to “be imitators of God,” particularly of God’s love, compassion and holiness. Jesus displays that compassion in our gospel reading, where he heals a suffering woman on the Sabbath. It is interesting that while the synagogue official criticizes him for allegedly violating the Sabbath stricture on work, others who witness the healing give glory and praise to God. What greater worship of God can we give by allowing ourselves to be...

Peace-Making

St. John of Capistrano Ephesians 3:14-21; Luke 12:49-53 Today’s readings seem contradictory.  St. Paul’s fervent and affirming prayer for the church at Ephesus asks that they be strengthened with the Holy Spirit, that Christ dwell in their hearts through faith, and that the community, “rooted and grounded in love,” may be able to “know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.”  Then Jesus tells us that he did not come to bring peace but rather division! That apparent contradiction, however, is rooted in a dynamic tension.  Love and peace are not conflict-free zones.  We can fight the hardest...

The Challenge of Peace

When I go home to visit my parents in Ohio and go to mass with them, I know almost nobody there. It isn’t a community for me. I never see these people. I have no relationship with them. At the sign of peace, it’s very easy to wish peace to people to whom you are indifferent. You have nothing against them. You have general good will toward people and there is nothing to stop you from shaking their hand. Living in Community is very different. I see these people everyday. There are times when they get on my...

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