A very short meditation on peace

Jesus is called the “prince of peace”, and rightly so.  But I don’t think we usually understand what that means.  The prince of peace is — and must be — a conqueror.  He must be a warrior.  The prince of peace does not reconcile the warring elements within our nature; he does not reconcile good and evil.  He destroys evil.  He brings the dawn of a new peaceful era by waging warfare for us, in us, and (God willing) with us.

God, I repent of every time I have sought peace through the reconciliation of my spirit with my flesh.  I resolve to see my flesh crucified on the battlefield of a Holy War, so that peace might be with me this day and forevermore.  Make my enemies your footstool, that they might leave me and all your people at peace.


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