Sunday Reflection by S. Peg Maher, OSF

Reflection for July 7, 2013
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Is.: 66:10-14
Second Reading: Gal. 6:14-18

Gospel: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20
In the Gospel for today,  Jesus sends his disciples out to preach the message to all.  Jesus spends time telling them how to go, what to take (or not take) with them and even warns them that their preaching will not be accepted by everyone.  But he also tells them that their greeting should be “Peace be with you.”  What is this peace that Jesus wishes for us?  Peace surely is the absence of conflict and war.  Today, as in biblical times, we would be happy to have that.  But I believe that Jesus wanted more than that for us.  So what is peace to you or to me?  Peace is the inner calm, the serenity that comes with knowing that one has a relationship with God and that God loves them personally and individually.  It is knowing that God is there regardless of the situation and whether we are aware of it or not, God is helping us through our daily lives come what may.  Peace is moving through the daily minutes and hours of our ordinary day in touch with the God within and around us.
As we wish each other peace during the sign of peace at Mass, let us be aware of what we are wishing for each other and our world.
Let our prayer today and this week be:  Peace be with you.

Peg Maher, OSF
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg

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