The readings for today.
"Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?No, I tell you, but rather division."
Jesus, the Great Divider... Sometimes the Lord says things like this and you don't know what to make it it.
"Why would the Prince of Peace say this?" we might think. Most people are comfortable where they are, in the sense that they are not going out of their way to change their current situation. Everyone, whether they know it or not, wants stability. For example, if you have iTunes on your computer, you dread seeing this:
All I think is, "Oh great, now what have they changed!"
I know for me I associate peace with being comfortable, at least that is the message the world tells us. People buy little Zen Gardens for a desk at work or a Bonsai tree because they see a monk use this to get some "peace." We want this look-at-the-ground, pour-water-slowly, no-one-yelling, no-one-making-demands-on us, everything-is-great peace; that is one way we define earthly peace.
But Christ offers us something different. He offers us a peace that no matter what happens to us, the world can't touch it. This peace comes from remembering something that people never want to mention. We do not mention it outside, or sometimes even inside churches. Its a secret.
Shhhhhhhhhhh!!!! I will tell you. No one is looking right?!?!
You are ALWAYS in the Presence of God.
You just don't realize it.
Do you really think Our Lord's Presence ends when we put him in a pretty golden box?
Do you think Our Lord is limited by cement blocks and wooden doors?
Do you really believe that Our Lord's Presence is limited by a certain number of feet or yards? or by time? or by space?
You are always in the Presence of God. Once you believe this, and you start thinking, "wait, if I wouldn't do these sins in the church then why would I do them outside of the Church?" It is difficult to undo a lifetime of sinful habits but leave that to God, He will do that, you, just remember you are in His Presence.
When a person upsets the world's understanding of peace, they have to be prepared for the division it will awaken in others no matter how close they might be now. People don't like boat rockers sometimes they might even crucify them...