When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace – Sunday’s reading reflection

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“For the deliberations of mortals are timid, and unsure are our plans.”

All the tension, posturing and rigidity in the world couldn’t disprove this verse from the Book of Wisdom in today’s first reading.  As presidents and prime ministers debate with their congressional bodies, as some leaders urge peace and others war, we realize that “the deliberations of mortals are timid, and unsure are our plans.”

So as media reports confuse the situation in Syria (Assad is the bad guy; no the rebels are the bad guys; no some rebels are and some aren’t), lets make it plain and simple this Sunday as we pray with Pope Francis and the world for peace in Syria.

  • When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.  (Jimi Hendrix)  
  • An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.(Mahatma Gandhi)  
  • If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.  (Mother Teresa)

It may seem like an oversimplification but as we read parable after parable, we realize that Jesus simplified things rather than confuse them.  “Who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the LORD intends?,” the first reading asks.  Jesus the Lord can.  And he made it pretty simple.  “Love one another as I love you.”