Today's Reflection

How can the "Prince of Peace" say that he has come to bring not peace, but division? Perhaps we must look for the key to his words in his parting words at the Last Supper: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives" (Jn 14:27). So, the peace that Jesus offers is qualitatively different from the kind of peace the world understands. It is not a peace that is all about having no troubles or suffering or enemies and one that results when all our plans go the way we want. The peace of Jesus is a "fiery peace" that turns our world upside down when we give ourselves to him. When one definitively opts for Christ, it often goes against the grain of the world, causing rupture of relations. The history of the Church is full of stories of martyrdom that accompanied those who chose Christ over worldly values and relationships. Yet, in the midst. of all these, there is an undefinable, indescribable, unearthly peace that reigned the hearts of those holy souls. Christ offers such peace which can survive violence and death; not the ephemeral, empty worldly peace that crumbles at the first instance of stress.


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