Prince of Peace

SERMON: A Homily For The Feast Of Epiphany by John Chrysostom

April 19, 2015

When Jesus therefore was born in Bethlehem of Judea, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying: Where is that is born king of the Jews. For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to adore him. Isaias had foretold that this would come to pass, saying: The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Madian and Apha: all they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense: and showing forth praise to the Lord. (Isaiah 60:) This is He, Christ the Lord, whom the Magi, having seen the sign of the star, announce as the King of the Jews. Things unheard of, and exceeding the measure of human astonishment, all took place together at the birth of our Lord. An angel appears and speaks to Zachary, promising that [...]

REFLECTION: Jesus, the Prince of Peace, by John Dear

April 16, 2015

From John Dear on Peace For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and for evermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. (Isaiah 9:6-7) Today there are so many areas of injustice it’s hard to know where to begin.  Racism, sexism, poverty, and oppression flourish around the world.  We cannot personally solve every injustice, but we can’t just sit back and allow injustice to continue. [...]

PRINCE OF PEACE: Jesus And Nonviolence — A Third Way by Walter Wink

April 14, 2015

From Peace Is the Way: Writings on Nonviolence Many of those who have committed their lives to ending injustice simply dismiss Jesus’s teachings about nonviolence out of hand as impractical idealism.  And with good reason.  “Turn the other cheek” suggests the passive, Christian doormat quality that has made so many Christians cowardly and complicit in the face of injustice.  “Resist not evil” seems to break the back of all opposition to evil and to counsel submission.  “Going the second mile” has become a platitude meaning nothing more than “extend yourself,” and rather than fostering structural change, encourages collaboration with the oppressor. Jesus obviously never behaved in [...]

MEDITATION: The Prince of Peace, by Jonathan Holt Titcomb, Bishop of Rangoon

April 13, 2015

From Before the Cross In His days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. (Psalm 72:7) What a contrast between the reigns of David and Solomon!  I see the former reaching his throne through suffering and persecution, and then occupying it in perpetual warfare against his enemies.  I behold the latter inheriting his throne without a struggle, and occupying it as a Prince of Peace.  He builds a magnificent temple for the glory of God, without the noise of a chisel or hammer; he reigns amidst a profusion of wealth for which there was no parallel in history; and he speaks, both as prophet and king, with a wisdom which was never equaled by man.  Thus conflict and bloodshed came first, and [...]

PRAYER: A Prayer For Peace In Syria, by James Martin, SJ

April 13, 2015

From America Magazine O Prince of Peace, we come before you sinful and sorrowful. We know that we are all guilty of hatred and contempt, and yet we ask for your mercy and forgiveness. In Syria, millions of our brothers and sisters are suffering greatly. And it seems that their suffering may be increased by people who themselves wish to bring peace to this land. We know that it is you who turn our hearts to peace, and so we ask you to turn your eyes to Syria, so near the towns and villages where you grew up and ministered, to look upon that Holy Land, and bring an end to violence. Help us do all that we can, physically, morally, legally, to support dialogue, foster reconciliation and promote justice. End the terrible violence directed [...]