Peace be with you… in the Struggle (PentecostB-18)
The world is full of anxiety, and the world and Jesus offer peace. The world offers peace only through an avoidance of pain, perfection, or a shutting down ones’ conscience. Our conscience can cause a bit of anxiety as we keep on failing. What is the answer. Jesus wants to bring peace. Today he wants to give the Holy Spirit for the forgiveness of sins. The Catholic Church makes the bold claim that priests can forgive sins, but they have it through Jesus’ words today. Confession isn’t for the perfect, but the broken who need God’s mercy and grace to continue the struggle. We can see how we are doing in this struggle against the flesh and for the spirit by examining the fruits of the spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control” Galatians 5:23. Let us call upon the Holy Spirit and ask for the peace which only God can give in the midst of struggle and suffering of the world today. 5/20/18
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