Third Sunday of Easter   Year B 15 April 2018

The Secretary-General of the UN proclaimed today that a new Cold War has begun!  A great way to begin a new day in our world; contrasting with the sign of hope for the farming community (who in faith began seeding this week in our district) and happily were encouraged by a little rain this day.

War, hot or cold, with all the attendant commodities of lies and misinformation, once again staring us in the face.

The contrast with the Gospel greeting recorded in Luke for this week is startling.  After the almost Cold War for some months and certainly hot in the last days of his life; denounced with lies and innuendo, truth being obfuscated, the baying of the crowd destroying any attempt at justice and, having been crucified and buried, Jesus appears with the words “Peace be with you.” Given the scenario of those fateful days no wonder the disciples were “in a state of alarm and fright.” Peace in these circumstances…not likely, and I am sure that many feel the same today.

After the collective history of the Twentieth Century, one could be forgiven for asking “are our collective leaders dumb? Have they not listened to the experience of the suffering citizens, let alone watched the destruction in Syria?”

“You are witnesses to this.” Surely this applies, not just to the explanation of all that was written in the “Law of Moses, in the Prophets and in the Psalms”, but also to the gift of peace that is possible even after terrible, destructive and abusive behaviour that tore a community apart…peace is possible!

Many different attributes and many false adjectives are used about the God of the Christians and of His Son Jesus; we witness that the word ‘peace’ can be used of all members of the Trinity and that we are committed to establishing a kingdom of justice and peace on this earth. We have not always been successful; seeming failure, however, does not daunt us, peace can be a gift in the frightful circumstances after the resurrection. So, too, we can bring that gift to our homes, workplaces and communities today in our situations.

Mons Frank

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