In Solidarity with Jesus and His Mission

Stations of the Cross @ Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala

  • Forgive Me for Revealing Her Age….but KJV is 400 Years Old

    An excerpt from a NY Times article: Sometime in 1611, a new English Bible was published. It was the work of an almost impossibly learned team of men laboring since 1604 under royal mandate. Their purpose, they wrote, was not to make a new translation of the Bible but “to make a good one better,… Read more

  • Invitations from God

    What are the deepest invitations God is making to me right now for my life? This question is what making resolutions is really about. In my journey it is becoming increasingly clear that I have missed so many invitations God sent me through his Word and Church and Community.  So the entry into a new… Read more

  • Christmas 2010

    Tonight – The Holy Night – people will gather to usher in the newest installment in God’s salvation.  In my neck of the woods, this installment will be wrapped in the usual trappings of the season – tree, lights, presents, worship, and FOOD!  Yet there is a shroud over all these things that are supposed… Read more

  • Time for an Xchange – the same old won’t do anymore!

    Welcome to A New Blog on an old theme – Reconciliation! Biblical in scope and command, but so forgotten in the realm of reality – family, work, politics. Reconciliation is simply a path to exchanging one state of being for another, more fruitful state of being – particularly in relationship with our environment and one… Read more


It’s hard to talk of peace these days. We are at war with ourselves, our families, our nation, and our planet. We pray for peace, act for peace, and even fight for peace. Whatever sensibilities we claimed to have had regarding peace appears to have vanished. So is the absence of peace – my perception or reality?

I can make a list of the violent events and episodes just within my daily travels. I can nourish my worldview with images of war through social media accounts and professional media reports. I can search my heart and my intimate conversations and find numerous battles in which I hurl words that can obliterate the reputations of people close to me. We are at war.

Our wars – both corporate and personal – had clearer boundaries. Boundaries are what wars are about – not oil, nationalism, and prejudice. People groups have defended territory since the beginning. Adam and Eve broke clear boundaries their Creator had set. Armies have trampled across boundaries for centuries. With the technology of today, we take to the air and ignore boundaries 360 degrees from horizon to horizon.

I’m left wondering if our being at war is so common that we have become numb to its impact.

This week in our Biblical account of Jesus we encounter his encouraging and commanding words – PEACE BE WITH YOU. Peace, best realized as the embodiment of SHALOM, be with us – all who can hear and read. Since it – this Shalom – is with us, perhaps we should consider sharing it. By sharing true Shalom, perhaps it could become contagious and infect others. Perhaps then, the Shalom that is with them can be released…a cascade of Shalom.

Yes, this may sound naïve. So simple – it may just work… JOHN 20:19-23 19 That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. 20 As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! 21 Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” 

Being at war gives opportunity to engage in the conflict itself. In fact, I believe we can’t avoid it – Jesus didn’t. So go…engage and bring Shalom where its needed most in your life.

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