Tired of all the division in our world? So is Jesus. Brian Strassburger, SJ, reminds us that we are called to be one and gives tips on how we can help make this happen. Based on the readings for Sunday, August 18, 2019.
Do you ever get really frustrated with all the divisions in our world today? Well, guess what? Jesus knows how you feel.
Hi, I’m Brian Strassburger and this is my One-Minute Reflection.
“Do you think I have come to establish peace on earth?” Jesus asks, “No, I tell you, but rather division! Households will be divided: father against son…mother against daughter.” Yikes! Jesus is angry.
He knows all too well the divisions in our world that separate us. This is not what he wants for us. His deepest wish is that we may be united: that all may be one. Well, if that’s the case, we clearly have a long way to go.
Where do you fit into this picture? Do you spread division? Or are you an instrument of reconciliation and unity?
See if you can spend more time with people who think differently than you. Look for common ground with those you disagree with. And give people the benefit of the doubt rather than assuming the worst of intentions.
Will that bring peace on earth? Maybe not. But it might bring peace to your heart. And that’s a good place to start.