Meditation Monday – August 2, 2021

They have treated the wounds of my people carelessly, saying ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.”

Jeremiah 6:14 – The Holy Bible

Bell bottoms. Flower power. Love beads. Peace signs. Hippies. Jesus Freaks. Anti-War protests. Footage of Vietnam. Beatles music. My growing up years were full of such images and all the sentiments they proclaimed. In the Sixties, many cried out for peace when there was no peace. (And there still isn’t today for most of the world).  Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, could proclaim these words of God today and they would still ring true!

You would think something would have changed by now. We are enlightened enough to know better. Right?

Nope! The truth is that the word “WE” is the problem. “WE” want to figure it out ourselves, and then force our idea of peace on others.  The “upside-down kingdom” brought to us through the teachings of Jesus and the gift of the Holy Spirit tells us that we don’t have the corner on understanding peace, and furthermore, it isn’t our place to figure “IT” out. 

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind of all that I have said to you. Peace leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.”

John 14:25-27 – The Holy Bible

Regardless of whether you are feeling distracted, at loose ends, having a great day, or facing what seems to be an insurmountable problem, you can always call on the Holy Spirit to teach you and remind you of Jesus’ words. You can ask for the peace that Jesus gives to his followers.

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be confident knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
-Saint Theresa’s Prayer