Jesus said to his Apostles: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword.
For I have come to set a man ‘against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
and one’s enemies will be those of his household.’
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is righteous will receive a righteous man’s reward.
And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple–amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”
When Jesus finished giving these commands to his twelve disciples, he went away from that place to teach and to preach in their towns.
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Commentary of the day :
Eusebius of Caesarea (c.265-340), Bishop, theologian, historian
On the word of the Lord: I have not come to bring peace to the earth; PG 24, 1176
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Jesus came “to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the blood of his cross” (Col 1,20). But if this is true, how are we to understand what the Savior himself says in the Gospel: “Do not think I have come to bring peace upon the earth”?… Could peace not win peace?…
When he sent his Son, God’s plan was to save us. And the mission he was to fulfil was to establish peace in heaven and on earth. So why is there no peace? It is because of the weakness of those who have not been able to receive the brightness of the true light (cf Jn 1,9-10). Christ proclaims peace; this is what the apostle Paul also says: “He himself is our peace” (Eph 2,14). But he refers only to the peace of those who believe and receive it.
A certain daughter has believed but her father has remained unbelieving…: “What has a believer in common with an unbeliever?” (2Cor 6,15). A son becomes a believer, the father remains doubtful…: where peace is proclaimed, division enters in… “I proclaim peace, yes, but the earth does not receive it.” This was not the intention of the sower who awaited the fruit of the earth.
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