Jesus said to his disciples, «Do not think that I have come to establish peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father and daughter against her mother; a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Each one will have as enemies those of one's own family.
»Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take up his cross and come after me is not worthy of me. One who wants to benefit from his life will lose it; one who loses his life for my sake will find it. Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes him who sent me. The one who welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive the reward of a prophet; the one who welcomes a just man because he is a just man will receive the reward of a just man. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones, because he is a disciple of mine, I assure you, he will not go unrewarded».
When Jesus had finished giving his twelve disciples these instructions, He went on from there to teach and to proclaim his message in their towns.
Very often we are disconnected from our history and we make a miserable mistake in our discernment. We fail to see the reason of presence in this world and don’t realize for whom we are living this life. Jesus invites us to connect to this story, the history of salvation, and to discover in Jesus the fulfilment of the divine will.
This divine will takes its stand with an affirmation of the value that God desires to promulgate in our society. One is asked to take a stand with and in God, for or against His commandment of love, even if one is closely bound in the family relationship. Before God, all others have a secondary place and love will take the first place.
It is in this love for God that we welcome each other as our brothers and sisters, the envoys of the Father. We give them the same respect that we give to God. This is the true teaching of Jesus to his disciples. If we consider ourselves to be his disciples, we must put this teaching into practice in our daily lives, and by our love others will discover that we are Christians, as Saint James tells us in his letter.
Action of the day : Have courage to defend the truth.
Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers:
How peace requires a sword,
by John Chrysostom