Monday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time
"When I speak of peace, they are ready for war" (Ps 119,7)
Eusebius of Caesarea (c.265-340), Bishop, theologian, historian
On the word of the Lord: I have not come to bring peace to the earth; PG 24, 1176
« When I speak of peace, they are ready for war » (Ps 119,7)
Jesus came “to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the blood of his cross” (Col 1,20). But if this is true, how are we to understand what the Savior himself says in the Gospel: “Do not think I have come to bring peace upon the earth”?... Could peace not win peace?...
When he sent his Son, God’s plan was to save us. And the mission he was to fulfil was to establish peace in heaven and on earth. So why is there no peace? It is because of the weakness of those who have not been able to receive the brightness of the true light (cf Jn 1,9-10). Christ proclaims peace; this is what the apostle Paul also says: “He himself is our peace” (Eph 2,14). But he refers only to the peace of those who believe and receive it.
A certain daughter has believed but her father has remained unbelieving…: “What has a believer in common with an unbeliever?” (2Cor 6,15). A son becomes a believer, the father remains doubtful…: where peace is proclaimed, division enters in… “I proclaim peace, yes, but the earth does not receive it.” This was not the intention of the sower who awaited the fruit of the earth.
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