Monday 13th July 2020
15th week in ordinary time year II
Isaiah 1:10-17, Matthew 10:34-11:1
HAVING HEAVENLY PEACE
As Christians, we are called to promote peace and tranquility wherever we find ourselves. We are called to live peacefully with one another and seek the good of one another. Quarrel and rancor are not expected to be heard among us.
It could be very surprising to hear Jesus in the gospel reading of today, saying that he has not come to bring peace to the world but sword. Looking at the life of Jesus in general, to those who listened to him preach and work miracles, he was a good man. On the other hand, to the chief priest and elders of the people, he was an evil man that needed to be destroyed. Some even called him names like beezebul and some threatened to kill him. During his time, some people became Christians and started living good lives, but others who were not Christians, or did not take their faith serious tried to destroy them. All these hatred against him were because of his call for repentance and preaching of truth. Let us not forget that his death was out of the jealousy of the elders of the people.
This is the same message Jesus communicates to us in the gospel reading of today. It is important that we live in peace and tranquility with our brothers and sisters as well as our neighbours; nevertheless, truth and good Christian living must not be sacrificed for it. When you are doing what is right and worthwhile as the Christian faith demands, you will have a lot of enemies, opposition and criticism, wars and rancor. It could be among your friends, family, relatives, acquaintances, colleagues at work, or members of your community. Jesus said that a man's enemy because of his good Christian living, will be those of his household and those close to him.
Do not be discouraged therefore is you are persecuted by those around you because of your good life. Jesus suffered much much. If they have called him beelzebul, what names will they not call you? Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven. May the Lord give us the grace to overcome turbulent situations that may come our way in the practice of our faith. God help us. Amen.
Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP