The words of St. Paul, “…mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.” These words from St. Paul come from this Sunday’s second reading and I say Mother Church is providing us with wisdom for these troubling days. Watching the news and seeing the mess that is happening around our country and our beloved home is enough to make one lose his peace. A sense of helplessness might certainly follow from the sight, and it is for these reasons that the words of St. Paul are worth praying with. If we take St. Paul’s words into our hearts, then we can begin to find, once again, peace in our homes.
As Catholics, disciples of Christ, we can be instruments for God’s peace to enter again into the lives around us. “Mend your ways”, if prayer has not been priority, then make the time to slow down and pray for peace in our country and forgiveness. “Encourage one another”, our conversations with each other do not have to end in more frustration but speak words of hope to one another. We should not underestimate the power of speaking about the hope that Jesus offers: newness of life, “I have overcome the world”, “the peace I give is not as the world gives peace”. “Agree with one another”, political differences seem to be fueling division and discord. We need to find points of agreement, i.e. the common good, to talk about with each other. In this way we can recognize in the other person their good will. Thus, we can then agree to strive after the good of all and put aside unnecessary divisions. “Live in peace” and God is with you. Let us not forget that God is near to those who suffer. Do not be afraid. Be agents of peace for those around you. Let us also turn to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a Mother’s Heart, to ask Her to share with us the everlasting peace in Her Heart.