Jesus says today in the Gospel of Luke 12:49-53 … “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
Well, the Prince of Peace has done a splendid job of division. There is division everywhere we turn. There is division in our church, families, workplaces, government and I guess one can list anything here and we could find division. I heard a homily today that reminded me to seek the understanding of what Jesus meant by division. Simply, we have been given the freedom to choose God or the world. We can choose to do good or to do evil. By those choices, there will be division.
What I will add from my own experience is that in choosing Jesus, even in division within family, church, work or the likes, I am at peace. St. Paul in his letter to the Hebrews gave me some good advice as to how to stay at peace when he said … “persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith.” In the spirit of the Olympic competitions we are witnessing this summer, I will keep my eyes fixed on Jesus, compete and persevere in the race of following Him to the finish line of eternal life in heaven, God willing.