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The good news for the day July 11

Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time (389)

Jesus said to His dozen closest students: “Do not think I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring—not peace, but the sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a person’s enemies will be members of his household” Matthew 10)

A sword–anti-peace? A sword—the gun of the day? Jesus tells you that He brings a “gun” into your house? This passage is an uncomfortable truth that helps you grow. Don’t deny it; don’t avoid it. Consider it. Embrace it.

First of all, Yes! The Way of Jesus divides people. Some follow him ardently; some reject Him—intensely! Some see him as Savior; others see Him—and you—as fools, stupid jerks. You follow myths and religion, you are so dumb—people say! You might find your brother, your mother, even your best friend disagreeing with you. That happens; that is the way it is.

That disagreement can cut you apart as sharply as a cleaver cuts a steak. Once your choose that Way of Life—merciful, creative, courageous, responsible, truthful and involved—hostility rises against you. Name-calling and scorn! Temper tantrums, silence and icy stares. Laughter-at you and rejection. Angry hatred can grow like a mold over good ol’ friendships.

The sword is the cost of discipleship—what happens to you when you choose to follow Him. The sword refers not to what YOU are supposed to do, but what is done to you. Enmity comes, directed at you by sincere people—at your humility (you “loser”). Choose mercy over revenge, healing hugs rather than avoidance—and people will cut you off. You may not have the right belief for them, the right cultural correctness. You disturb the status quo. You endure hostility from “this generation.” That—THAT is the uncomfortable truth you have to life with. It is, however, a Life you choose, a Living Peace that surpasses their understanding.

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