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Peace with a Sword?

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Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me.

Didn't we just celebrate Mother's Day and Father's Day? What's going on?

The Lord loves to shake things up. He gets a thrill out of pulling the rug from under us. But it isn't to do us harm. Never! He wants us with Him, in Heaven. That's His goal. Is it your goal as well?

The sword is the Word of God.

St. Paul uses the sword beautifully in his letter to the Ephesians where he writes:

"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Eph 6:11-12).

The Christian is, in essence, another Christ. He is, like Christ, a soldier who fights not against humanity but for humanity, against all that entraps and engulfs the human heart. His defenses (breastplate) are His virtues. His shield is his faith, hope and love in the Author of Love. His sword is simply the Word of God, the truth. The sword, like a paradox, has the capability of dividing and uniting, of bringing us to our knees or lifting us up.

Sure, the truth has the ability to divide families and anger people. But it also has the potential of healing wounds. When the angel Gabriel spoke of a sword piercing the heart of Mary, did he mean it literally? No. The Word of God would come into her heart, pierce her heart and engulf her heart. No wonder why Mary kept "all these things in her heart."

We should too.


Posted by Fr. Alfonse Nazzaro with