Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Reading 1 Eph 3:14-21; Gospel Lk 12:49-53
Jesus the prince of peace at whose birth the angels sang, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace among those whom he favors;, declares Himself as the one who brings division rather than peace. A passage, which can be a platform to question Jesus’ identity as the bridge builder, reconciler between God and the one who came to rescue the dialogue. Simon predicted the Messiah would direct our steps in the way of peace. In the beatitude, he calls blessed are those who work for peace as Sons of God. The disciples on their apostolic mission are called to be the messengers of peace and on entering a house are to greet ‘peace to be this house.
In today’s Gospel Jesus solemnly proclaims, that “I have come to bring division or to become the agent of division. The core message of the Gospel of today can be summarized in the ancient Roman saying, “If you want peace be prepared for war”. A war within ourselves, Jesus doesn’t intend to cause division in the family ties and relationships. The Gospel of today gives us a new mandate, rather subduing of passions and pride a spirit of reconciliation against hate, mortification against selfishness, detachment against attachment, prayer, trust in God, fulfillment of one’s duty, serene consciousness and good works can be the best weapons which can assist us in this battle. We need to bring division, a division of good and evil. This division will bring peace. The division among countries which leads to war is a reflection and projection of internal dissensions of pride and selfishness. For peace, we need to divide those things which stress disunity and fuse tensions confusions within ourselves and others.
Through the Gospel of today Jesus wants each one of us to be the carriers of peace, which He brings not as the world thinks. Peace is difficult but not impossible; peace is avoidance of sin, the source of all divisions. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Let us cultivate the peace within ourselves, thus becoming the carriers and messengers of peace.