Reflection from Fr. Taylor: August 14, 2016, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 38: 4-6, 8-10   Hebrews 12: 1-4   Luke 12: 40-53

At the heart of every Mass we remember what Jesus said to His Apostles “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you.” and we always exchange a greeting of peace.   In today’s Gospel Jesus says He has not come to establish peace, but rather for division and so what are we to think of this.

Peace means different things to different people.  To some peace means everything is quiet and no one is causing a disturbance and that law and order prevails, but underneath the surface of this tranquility there can be a whole lot of injustice.  Also unjust laws can be passed during times of peace.

The command of love obligates Christians to stand up for what is right and decent, and against the mistreatment of God’s poorest and weakest children.  That in itself can create division.  In standing up for justice we could lose friends, associates, and sometimes even jobs.  Dr. Martin Luther King and many of his followers realized this during the civil rights era but they were following the example of Jesus to “set the world on fire”.

People in our day have to understand that with peace has to come justice.  Real peace can be threatened both from within and without.  If we as Catholics and Christians learn to stand up against violations of human dignity it can be seen as divisive, but without it there can be only a false peace.  We have to go back to the Lord Jesus Christ.  What would He say of actions and motivations today?  He knew that there is a price to be paid for standing up for what is decent and right.  We know that as well. Where do we stand?

 

 

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