In the quiet corner, alone,
Far from voices, in the still,
I seek you, Lord, to understand,
To know your ways, to do your will.

From emptiness to fullest blessing,
From tears of grief to joy’s increase,
From hard estrangement to love expressing:
In you I find unceasing peace.

READ: “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature'” Mk 16.15.

THINK: God took the initiative to come to this world. Now, Jesus sends us to go into the whole world with the gospel, Mt 28.19. He did not send us to build buildings and invite people to come to us. He commands us to speak the truth of the gospel, which some will hear and obey, Mt 28.20; Mk 16.16. Going also applies to the initiative of making peace with a brother and correcting him, Mt 18.15, as well as going beyond what is necessary, Mt 5.41. Continue reading

Glory to God in the highest, to him who brings peace on earth among those with whom he is pleased, and perfect rest to people who inherit the eternal kingdom! Praise him who reconciles the obedient to himself, who reunites the estranged, and who offers forgiveness to the rebellious! Exalt the Lord for his wealth of kindness, forbearance, and patience!

The Son of Man entered Jerusalem as the One who had come to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:1-10). On the back of a colt, he came as the Prince of Peace. The people saw this and proclaimed:

As he approached the road leading down from the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:37-38 NET).

Peace in heaven. God has conquered contrary forces and brought peace. Now he will blanket the earth with peace. So they thought. Jesus says they know nothing of what brings peace. As the city lies beneath him in his descent to the gates, he says, Continue reading