“Tranquility” is not peace

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Greetings on this the Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: AM 9:11-15; PS 85:9AB AND 10, 11-12, 13-14; MT 9:14-17
Notes: The urgent conditions for the common life: Kindness, Justice, Peace and Truth.

But the qualities of these things must be of divine origin. Peace by sword or peace by domination or peace by capitulation is no peace at all. Peace must be of divine origin, effecting an interior change of how we see things and how we see each other.

Peace with anesthesia

In actual fact, the Pope explained, “the peace which the world offers is a peace without tribulations: it offers an artificial peace, a peace which, more than ‘peace’, is better called ‘tranquility’”. That is to say: “Please do not disturb me; I want to be left in peace”.

One might say, Pope Francis continued, that the world offers us “a peace that looks only to its own concerns, to its own securities”, so as to ensure “that nothing is lacking”. In this regard the Holy Father referred to the “figure of ‘Dives’ (the rich man), that man who lived in peace, happy, always with friends, but who were ‘so-called’ friends since they visited him because in his house they ate well; there were parties”. And thus, “they were tranquil”, but also, “closed in: they did not look beyond”.


  • Kindness is love personified by the Father.
  • Justice is right relation reestablished personified by the Trinity.
  • Peace is the tranquility of life given by the divine personified by the Holy Spirit.
  • Truth is the assurance of what is real and good personified in Jesus.

In the gospel portion today:
Each of these parables speaks of the unsuitability of attempting to combine the old and the new. Jesus’ teaching is not a patching up of Judaism, nor can the gospel be contained within the limits of Mosaic law (BSCCB, MT 9:16-17).

In no way is the a disparagement of the Old Covenant, G-d forbid! Rather, a new engagement that brings furtherance of the divine-human exchange, drawing deeper into one another as those in love shall want to do.

Post on same topic: https://deacongerrypalermo.blog/2018/02/10/justice-and-peace-will-kiss/

First reading
I will bring about the restoration of my people Israel;
they shall rebuild and inhabit their ruined cities,
Plant vineyards and drink the wine,
set out gardens and eat the fruits.

Responsorial Psalm
The Lord speaks of peace to his people.

Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.

Alleluia Verse
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.

Gospel Portion
No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth,
for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse.
People do not put new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined.
Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”

In his meditation, the Pope drew inspiration from the Gospel of John (14:27-31) proposed by the day’s liturgy. Francis observed that “Jesus was at supper with his disciples, the Last Supper, and he said to them: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you’”. The Lord, said the Pope, “gives them peace”, and then told them: “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid because I give you my peace”. (IBID).
[the peace is the Holy Spirit].

Move forward in love.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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