In Matthew 10:34 Jesus says: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” The Christian message is always questioning and confronting the world, interrogating the world and our own conscience to find if we understand that the presence of God is real and that God himself is revealing his power and love when we ask for the divine providence in our favor.
Jesus is sending us as his disciples into the mission field. He warned us that we would not always be welcomed, since the world is not a friendly space. The gospel is a message of healing, hope, and peace but the gospel is not always welcomed. This contrast between the gospel and the world brings about divisions. Jesus described them as to set son against father, daughter against mother (Matthew 10:35).
The call to live the gospel is a call to integrity, a call to never sugarcoat the reality of the problems that daily we must face, and prophetically assume the challenges. Don’t be afraid of the problems or adverse circumstances but invite with your example of patience and faith other people to open their minds and hearts to receive the call to follow Jesus and carry the cross with us.
A more intense relationship in love with God will provide more peace and security to our souls. Because this is the most important thing that we need to understand, God´s love is the real victory over the power of terror, anxiety and fear of death that is attacking us nowadays. Fear to lose our lives, safety and possessions is behind a lot of anxiety and panic attacks. Fear to be ill and not recover, fear of the weakness that comes with aging, fear to be alone, fear to be disconnected and abandoned. But all these fears can be overcome with the assurance that the love of God is present in the person of Jesus living and enlivening us. When we love God, we have the power to defeat our fears, because God is the source of life, and to love God means to embrace life.
Christianity is unique for this reason, because we respect humanity and promote human rights. We believe that to be human is good, but because there is something more, to be human is to be also the temple of the Holy Spirit. To be human is to be part of what God also wanted to embrace. God in Christ is God with us, and God is living in us. Jesus´ incarnation has elevated our humanity to be the scenario where the mystery of God also lives and thrives.
Every society and every generation have their own challenging times. The world is always struggling, you, your families and neighbors are always facing new circumstances, like challenges in the economic, social, and health issues. For this reason, the message of Jesus needs to be proclaimed again from the top of the houses, openly, fearlessly, courageously, the message of love and the message of justice.
That is why we are here, that is why we have been called in our baptism: to be disciples, to be witnesses, to make present the power of justice and the power of love, to be spiritually alive and not spiritually death, to fear God and not the world, to love others and receive love.