Swords into Sheaths

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 04/07/2017

in Lent

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion–Lent
April 9, 2014

“Put your sword back into its sheath, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.”
(Matthew 26:52)

Swords into Sheaths

Violence begets violence.
Non-violence begets non-violence.
Even in his last moments of freedom
Jesus commands, “Put your sword back into its sheath.”

“I am not a violent person,” you respond?
Jesus asks, “Who or what births the bully?”
Why are there so many calls to 911 for domestic violence?

America, “What has so enflamed your anger?”
Russia, “Where do your eyes rove now that you have taken over Crimea?”
Korea, “Will there ever be a whole nation? Will you be forever broken in half?
Iran, “Is there any sheath that will hold the sword of nuclear war?
O Nations, do you have Departments of Peace? We know you have Departments of War?

All creation groans for the peace, not for power, greed, prestige or possessions.
All creation groans for the peace the world cannot give.

Listen to Jesus’ last plea from parched lips as he hung on the cross for our salvation.

“I pray for not only them, but also for those who believe in me through their word, so that they may be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us…”
(John 16:20-21)

War No More, Swords Into Plowshares, mottos of the New World.
Unity, justice, peace reign in a compassionate world.
O my people, return to the Garden of Eden.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What are ways that families can foster non-violence in their homes?
  2. In what ways can schools teach the art of non-violence?
  3. What helps are there in your area that teach anger management?
  4. When will gun laws be revised and enforced?
  5. What births the bully?
  6. How can you personally become an advocate for peace, unity and justice?

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