I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
True peace is not passive. Peace is a counterintuitive action.
Peace greets those we despise with humility and gratitude.
Peace forgives our betrayers.
Peace listens to the forgotten in our communities.
Peace heals the wounds of those who are victimized.
Peace laughs in gratitude when life seems to fall apart.
Peace stirs up the status quo.
Peace is hard.
From his jail cell in Rome, Paul knew the gift of peace as he instructed the people of Ephesus in today’s first reading, “I urge you to live . . . striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bonds of peace.” Betrayed and beaten in the courts of Jerusalem, Jesus of Nazareth knew peace as he whispered to his Father, “forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Amid our own life’s busy chaos, do we know peace? Do we do the hard work to sow peace in the hearts and minds of our communities?
Let us pray for peace in our souls that our actions and words may bring peace to all those around us.
–Mr. Sean Powers, ’05 is an art teacher at St. Louis U. High.
“Guide our feet into the way of peace….”
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