July 13, 2020

“I have come to bring not peace but the sword.”

We cannot hide behind our wives, our husbands, our children, or friends and allow our allegiance to them become a source of tyranny against God.

At times, it seems, Jesus gives us no middle ground for refuge. And so, it is, but we are not to hold those we love with disdain. How counter-productive would that be? We are called upon to show our allegiance and bring everyone we love into the fray against injustices. The only way to have peace is to fight for peace. The swords we brandish are not made of metal but of faith that God will lead us to do what is right and show others the way. As disciples, we give a cup of water; we hear the prophets, and follow the righteous. All our brothers and sisters are to be enjoined in our endeavors, not for our own sake but always for others.

It may be argued that perhaps a choice has to be made between our devotion and faithfulness to family and friends and accepting God’s call to right wrongs; to take up the fight against injustices. But we are also obliged to bring our loved ones into this battle. They see through us the need and the obligation to act and join the fight.

Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii gaudium, plows the field of God’s commands with directives: say no to an economy of exclusion, the new idolatry of money, a financial system which rules rather than serves, the inequality which spawns violence.

The division in the human family comes when this call is not answered. In the end, when all things pass away, there really is only going to be God and us. How shall we stand before him and give an account of our lives?

Let Us Pray:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal Life.

Amen. (Prayer of Saint Francis)


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About Joe McCormack

Joe McCormack is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament and a parishioner at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio.