July 15, St. Bonaventure
Our help is in the name of the Lord. — Psalm 124:8
Mass Readings: Exodus 1:8-14,22/Matthew 10:34–11:1
Peace or Sword
While we call Jesus “the Prince of Peace,” in today’s Gospel He says, “I have come to bring not peace but the sword.” How can we reconcile these two statements? We can because they are talking about different realities. In the first, Jesus is the Prince of Peace in our own hearts and lives. Through the Holy Spirit, we have the peace that passes all understanding.
But that peace doesn’t extend to the world at large. The Christian message has always been subject to hostility and persecution. Even today, Christians are the largest persecuted group in the world. In the 20th century, more Christians died for their faith than in all the other centuries combined. Jesus tells us that both His peace and the sword will be with us until the end of time.
Prayer: Jesus, give me Your peace regardless of the circumstances of my life.
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