Scripture: Luke 12:49-59
Reflection: What is your definition of Peace?
Is it making sure that everyone gets what they want? It might be not talking about anything that causes conflict? Talking with some college students recently, I was surprised that they are not wrestling with heavy political or social justice issues. Aware of the huge variety of opinions on a college campus, there seems to be a need for a bit of peace right now.
We do the same things in families, avoiding conflict to make it through a holiday or family meal. This is not the peace of Christ. The peace of Jesus comes through the hard work of honesty and reconciliation.
The gospel of Luke begins with a proclamation that Jesus will guide our feet in the way of Peace. (Luke 1:7) As we end the gospel, Jesus offers us a benediction of Peace. The reality of peace is that it is not something everyone wants or is willing to work to achieve. Jesus does not come to validate whatever we want to do or be. Maybe this text is here to challenge us to be honest with ourselves and each other even as we work for the coming Kingdom of God. This might mean we have to face some conflict, deal with some emotions we don’t like and even work toward some reconciliation with family. Just in time for the holiday season!
Prayer: God, our Creator, you promise to restore the old and to create the new.
Jesus, our Redeemer, forgive us our thoughtlessness and greed and whatever else gets in the way of following you.
Holy Spirit, Comforter and Guide, enlighten us on the path of peace. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].