Jesus did not come to bring peace on earth; but fire and division !
This text out of context is misleading. Any few verses out of the Bible devoid of contextual setting can be confusing. It is true that the Lord came not to bring wordly peace. He could have sorted the Roman empire out when he came but he is a Priest (not a politician). As Priest he would offer himself as Victim on Calvary to bring us peace of souls. That is the ‘baptism’ he eagerly awaits. The name Jesus means Saviour: he saves us from our sins. Anyone who repents and receives his healing grace will be in conflict with those who remain in sin. It is sin that causes division because it alienates us from God. Sometimes families are divided because some members want to remain in sin (godless) while others are called to prayer and holiness – the way to Heaven.
Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your benefits in stone.
When somebody hurts us we should write it down in sand, where winds of
forgiveness can erase it away. But when somebody does you some good
engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it. They say, ‘It takes a
minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love
them, but then an entire life to forget them.’ So do not value things you
have in your life, but value who you have in your life!
A friend was in front of me coming out of the Church one Sunday, when the priest who was standing at the door, shaking hands, as people were leaving, pulled my mate aside and said: “My friend you need to join the army of the Lord.” My friend replied, “I’m already in the army of the Lord, Father.” So
the priest enquired, “Then how come I don’t see you except at Christmas and Easter?” My friend whispered back, “I’m in the secret service.”
Fr. Peter Murphy – Parish Priest
Fr. Chris Heffernan – Assistant Priest
Fr. Brendan Lee – in residence
Phone (02) 6025 1784 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Address 550 Prune Street, Lavington PO Box 220 Lavington NSW 2641
St Mary’s Church, Urana Rd, Jindera. RHS on entering the town.