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Monday 15th July, 2013
St Bonaventure. Exodus 1:8-14, 22. Our help is in the name of the Lord - Ps 123(124). Matthew 10:34 11:1.

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'I have come to bring not peace but the sword.'

No wonder the disciples were constantly confused after Jesus taught them. Hadn't he asked his followers to bring peace? Now he says he does not bring peace - quite a contradiction. As in all scripture, we have to look at this passage within the context that it was spoken.

Once the disciples choose to spread the good news, there will be inevitable division, even within their own families. The people will either be for Jesus or against him. Perhaps the 'sword' referred to is not that used in warfare. Instead, it may be the Word of God, the sword of the Spirit. Once we become convinced of the truth of the Word, do we stand up to be counted regardless of the division it may cause? Are we for Christ or do we prefer to maintain the status quo?



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