by Fr. Tommy Lane
In the Gospel (Luke 10) when Jesus sent out the seventy(-two) their first words were to be, “Peace to this house.” (Luke 10:5) Surely then every time we meet God we should have more peace. Every time we meet God in prayer we should have more peace afterwards, we should be uplifted. If we do not have more peace after praying, if we do not have more enthusiasm, this seems to suggest that we are not meeting God at a deep level in prayer and we need to review how we pray. When we pray we should be meeting God in some way and so be more at peace as a result. God has absolutely nothing to gain from you being unhappy or unwell but God has everything to gain from you being happy and well. There is a saying that the soul that lifts itself up lifts the world up. God wants you to be at peace and to be happy.
When Jesus sent out the seventy(-two) he prepared them for the fact that not everyone would accept their message of peace. He told them if they were not welcomed to wipe the dust of the town off their feet when leaving (Luke 10:10-11). We have a choice, to accept or reject Jesus’ offer of peace, to accept or reject Jesus’ offer of life and love. It seems some have decided against Jesus when you hear them saying that going to Mass on Sunday is not what is important, that what is important is treating others with kindness and in a Christian manner. I feel so sad for any person who really believes that and ask myself could such a person have really met Jesus. If they had met Jesus surely Sunday Mass would not be a burden but a joy and blessing. Being a Christian means that we are followers of Christ, and not just do-gooders. There is a big difference between being a do-gooder and being a Christian. A Christian is a do-gooder who has a close friendship with Jesus, and the life and love of that close friendship with Jesus flow to others. Where do we meet Jesus above all? In the Mass where the bread becomes his body and the wine becomes his blood. Having such a close friendship with Jesus that draws you to Mass every Sunday will bring you peace. We are not just bodies; we are body and soul, and we will never be fully happy unless we have God in our life. St Augustine said “You have made us for yourself O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” Those who say that Sunday Mass is not important, that what is important is doing good, are missing out on the soul of life. Jesus is not a burden to anyone, he is a blessing, and those who say that what matters is doing good, would do far more good if they had more of Jesus in their lives.
Jesus wants you to be at peace. He sent out the seventy(-two) with a message of peace. He prepared them for the fact that not everyone would accept their message of peace. Unfortunately some people now also reject Jesus’ offer of life and love. If we reject Jesus’ offer of peace and love we certainly will not find peace anywhere in the world. Our only hope for peace is the peace of Jesus. “Peace I leave you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give.” (John 14:27)
Copyright © Fr. Tommy Lane 2013
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