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Think Peace, Live Peace, Act In Peace


The fifth Station of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow) where tradition holds that the burden of carrying the cross was taken over by Simon of Cyrene. On the far right is an opening in the wall exposing where Jesus supposedly left an imprint from his hand. By Dan Lundberg, via Wiki Commons

The fifth Station of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow) where tradition holds that the burden of carrying the cross was taken over by Simon of Cyrene. On the far right is an opening in the wall exposing where Jesus supposedly left an imprint from his hand.
By Dan Lundberg, via Wiki Commons

One early Sunday morning, in my not so younger times, I walked along the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, in the Old City of Jerusalem. Holy Scripture calls Jerusalem, the City of Peace.  Here Jesus died to reconcile His people to the Father.  Suddenly, an Israeli warplane zoomed low, directly overhead, with a mighty roar.  At the 5th Station of the Way of the Cross, located at the junction of two narrow streets, an Army Jeep came down the road at high speed, carrying armed Israeli soldiers.  I drew close to the wall as not to be run over.

While on the deserted Via Dolorosa, I heard a rooster crow, in the silence of the early morning, on two separate occasions. The words of the Gospel came to my mind with Jesus speaking, “I tell you Peter, the rooster will not crow today, until you have denied Me three times.  In this immediate area, Peter had heard a rooster crow to remind him of his three time betrayal of the Master.  The crowing reminded me of my many betrayals of the Lord in not being a Peacemaker.

The late John Denver was a strong crusader for peace in the world, told us that peace was running out. We are providing ambulances for the bruised bodies of victims of violence, he said, but now we must go to the source of the problem, our own individual hearts.  Call emergency numbers 911.  “Ambulances are not enough”, said Denver.  “We must look into our hearts and put the pieces together.”  Across the world, in his travels, he told people, “Think peace!  Live peace!  Act in peace!”  All these years later his message is still relevant.  No need for us to write to our Congressional Representative.  Rather, enter into our own hearts and bring harmony to our own selves.  Be at peace with God, with our family, with our community!

In the Old Testament, the Law was, “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” Revenge and a spirit of refusing to forgive were the order of the day.  Then, Jesus came with His Law of Love.  “Love your enemies; bless those who curse you, pray for those who persecute you.”  As we begin this Lenten season, there is no room for grudge holding, ill will towards others, especially one’s enemies and ones treating us unfairly.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

February 13, 2016 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Fr. George, you bring His Peace & His Joy to everyone as you serve Him as shepherd of His flock…and all of us, the sheep, are so grateful! You instruct and guide us with such faith and wisdom. The Holy Land remains in my heart! Happy St. Valentine’s! Love & Gratitude, Marianne

    Comment by mcs | February 13, 2016 | Reply

  2. Hi Fr. George! As you can tell, I am finally spending some time reading and commenting on your always wonderful posts! Life can get so busy! I remember a doctor friend of mine, once retired, who wrote to me: “sometimes I miss having 15 things to do at once!”… we long for leisure time and then when we have it, we miss it!

    This post is, as always, so rich with descriptions – so much so that I can put myself there! You have a gift with words and writing…. thank you. I may never get to visit the Holy Land and would loved to have been able to go on one of your Pilgrimages there! Since that is not possible, I treasure any writings that you do in relation to the Holy Land. Thank you very much for that!

    Love you much, dear friend!
    Love,
    Nancy

    Comment by nancywest22 | March 7, 2016 | Reply


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