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I’m on vacation and traveling through scenic Virginia this weekend. But here are a few thoughts from my homily for this Sunday from several years ago:
It’s worth noting: when Jesus sends his followers into the world, they are not sent empty-handed. They go bearing one simple message. “Peace.” Jesus tells them: “Into whatever household you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’”
It is also the first word he will say to them after the resurrection, when he appears in the upper room. And it is the great message he is asking them – and asking us – to carry into the world.
Carry - Sack - Money - Sandals
Carry no sack, no money, no sandals.
Carry, instead, peace.
Word - Christ
It is his first word to those who wish to follow Christ.
Two thousand years later, I’m not sure we’ve done a very good job of spreading that word. Whatever else there may be in the world today, there is very little peace. And I’m not speaking only of the absence of war – though God knows, we don’t lack for wars.
Countless - Erupt - Lives
They are also the countless conflicts that erupt in our daily lives.
Between husbands and wives.
Parents - Children
Between parents and children.
Between neighbors. Between co-workers. Even between strangers on the street.
Battles - Cars - Intersection - Yellowstone - Boulevard
I can tell you, some of the fiercest battles I’ve seen are waged in cars at the intersection of Yellowstone Boulevard and Queens Boulevard.
You’ve probably seen a few yourself, just out in our parking lot.
People - Lives - Peace
But how often do we put those aside and say to people in our lives: “Peace”?
How often do we make peace our mission…and our message?
Christ - Others
How often do we strive to be Christ to others?
How often do we strive to...
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