Know Jesus. Know Peace.
Updated: Oct 20
Jesus is the truth incarnate who reveals our common destiny to be saints. The congregation and I were stunned and amazed when Deacon Joseph asked our first graders what they prayed for from God. I thought that they would pray for the Phillies or something for themselves. The first student answered "mercy," the second said "hope," and a third replied "faith," while another answered "respect." In a culture of entitlement and selfishness, I praise God and thank our parents, teachers, and all who are praying and practicing their faith and forming the minds and hearts of our children to be reverent, respectful, and responsible Christians.
In the Gospel according to Matthew (Mt 22:1-14), Jesus offers a parable and invites us to his heavenly marriage banquet. Our Lord Jesus wants us to enjoy his divine friendship in his kingdom of peace and righteousness. By placing their interests first, the king punishes those who refused his invitation and mistreated his servants. The king's anger is justified because they openly refused to give the king the honor he was due. Jesus warns them about the consequences of rejecting the Messiah and Savior. The second part of the story focuses on those who had no claim on the king and would never consider getting such an invitation. The "good and the bad" along the highways certainly refer to the Gentiles (non-Jews) and sinners.
The Word of God enables us to transform our minds and hearts to develop a child-like trust in Jesus as our Way, Truth, and Life. Each time we integrate the scriptures and receive Holy Communion, we become the presence, power, and peace of Christ. Taking time for Jesus in worship, studying, and contributing to acts of charity is an offer we cannot afford to lose.
Are you striving to win eternal life and joy for yourself and those you love and serve? Are you praying with your spouse, children, parents, and friends with expectant faith, hope, and love to build a culture of mercy and respect for all?