Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 22, A.D. 2002
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"For He is our peace . . ."
This is one of those phrases that is so packed with all sorts of
meanings that it would take a great deal of time and determination to
properly unpack it. This passage from Ephesians would be productive for
lectio for a long period of time.
St Paul tells us that Jesus is our peace with the Father. That is,
through the sacrifice of the crucifixion, Jesus established a gateway or
a bridge uniting fallen humankind and God. He opened a path back up that
did not involve elaborate ritual washings or adherence to a difficult
and variously interpreted law. His love for us connects to His love for
the Father and creates a bridge of Love that we cross to enter into
eternal life. In this way, Jesus became our peace, our reconciliation
with the Father.
But Jesus is also our peace in the space of our heart. If we focus all
of our energy in doing each act as Jesus would have it done, in doing
everything we do for the love of Jesus, we can only know joy and peace.
No one can take away from us the love of God that dwells within us. The
third person of The Trinity is the Spirit of God, the Love of the Father
and the Son, indwelling and making a connection to that bridge of Love
that Jesus constructed through His death and resurrection.
When we trust Jesus, and hand over all that we have and all that we are,
the end result is, and must be, Peace.
- JuandelaCruz, TOCarm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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