This mornings reading at mass is all about division.

Read for yourself….

‘Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.

52 For from now on, a household of five will be divided: three against two and two against three;

53 father opposed to son, son to father, mother to daughter, daughter to mother, mother-in-law to daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law to mother-in-law.’

So why does such a loving God want to bring such division?!

Last night’s homily at the Carmalites answered this!

‘Our Lord is a realist’ said Fr. Chris!!

Yes indeed He is! Jesus knows well that by following Him families will be divided. We see it all the time in the lives of the saints where their parents were terribly opposed to their lives.

The division doesn’t stop there. Look at Lourdes, Fatima, Medjugorje and other places where there are supernatural actions of the Holy Spirit. The result has not just been division in families but division in the church itself!

I know many priests for example who despise Medjugorje and even the bishop of that area was strongly opposed to it….yet now, almost 40 years later when Medjugorje has all but been recognised by the church they must all look like idiots!

Lourdes was the same, Fatima too…so there is hope for me yet to be accepted and who know maybe one day the police will be called to protect me and a bishop might even help me and my mission!!

Apart from religion another thing that has terribly divided families is sexuality and gender. The pain endured by the LGBT community has been astronomical!

An hour ago an elderly priest who is an expert in history shared a coffee with me. He explained that gays were burnt alive in the 18th century and later they did away with that and just hung them instead! I guess the price of coal went up and a with a good quality rope you could probably hang thousands!!

But on a more holy note! God’s real heart isn’t to divide for the sake of dividing but to unite. In heaven there is no division. The only division in eternity is the one between heaven and hell.

God desires us all to know him, to love him and to love eachother!

God asks us not to judge or condemn but rather to love and discern.

God asks us to open our hearts and to put ourselves in the shoes of the other. He asks us to be merciful, to be wise and to be forgiving!

Sadly some people are unable to do this and their rigid mentalities cause division and hostility in families, in churches, in politics!

Yet God uses these narrow minded bigots to grow others in faith and understanding of the cross and of what it is to be rejected!

One learns to depend on Jesus alone, one experiences what He experienced and tastes the cruelty, hatred and the poisonous jealousy and bitterness of others!

So today as we reflect on these readings we can have perfect peace if we accept that by following Jesus others will hate us and that it’s ok!

We cannot do anything to make them like us but the good news is that we do not have to do anything to make God like us!

So let’s keep our eyes on Jesus who is the source of perfect peace and let others think as they will!

Peace to all!

Mike

Ps. Speaking of walking in another’s shoes, mine have holes and it’s raining!!…if anyone would like to help me buy a new pair drop me a line!