Sunday, May 03, 2015

Bestowing His Goodness

In past generations he allowed all Gentiles to go their own ways; yet, in bestowing his goodness, he did not leave himself without witness, for he gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, and filled you with nourishment and gladness for your hearts.”  Acts 14:16-17

“Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”  John 14:21

What can be sweeter to us, dear ones,
than this voice of the Lord inviting us?
Behold, in His loving kindness
the Lord shows us the way of life.  Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue for May 4

Accept the invitation. The Gentiles accepted the invitation to walk with the Lord.  In the Gospel, Jesus invites his disciples to observe the commandments and they will receive love in return. 

Think of the alternative.  Jesus is inviting us to seek peace and pursue it through him.  The alternative is to seek peace in the world.  How is that working?

In Sunday homily yesterday at Queen of Apostles Church in Belmont, NC, the pastor told his congregation yesterday about a display at the headquarters of the International Red Cross regarding the timeline of wars.  There is a similar web page on the subject Timelines of War here.  What it reveals is a world that experiences nearly constant war throughout history. 

The Resurrected Christ offers us his peace, not the peace of the world. He can even do so behind doors that are locked, hearts that are locked, and minds that are locked. 

Open the door of your heart to the voice of the Lord inviting you to accept his peace.

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