Real peace, not a cartoon
In last Monday’s Gospel (Matthew 10:34-11:1), our Lord deflates that cartoon image decisively.
"Do not think that 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 one's enemies will be those of his household."
Peace cannot come at the expense of truth, nor of course can full truth exist without godly love.
We should not seek conflict for its own sake, but we cannot let fear of conflict cause us to betray Christ’s truth.
Above all and before all and in spite of all, we must be faithful to Christ, to his truth, and to his love.
(adapted from an earlier post)