“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” From MT10
As we come to the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, Jesus words in the Gospel of Matthew remind us of the challenge of true peace. And we see in his words the reflection of a divided world which extended from His own time, to the present day. The world around us is divided and will remain divided as long as we seek answers in the broken institutions of this broken world. If we seek to find our lives by bowing to and exalting the idols of political power, wealth, and philosophies of superiority, all will be lost. But the answer to unity and true peace is found in turning from the idols of this world and choosing something – someone – above the chaos around us. His name is Jesus.