Disturber of the Peace

“My peace I give to you, my peace I leave with you”- words spoken by Jesus to his disciples after he has washed their feet-something we recall on Maundy Thursday. But here, at the beginning of Holy Week, Jesus is far from being peaceful. He has entered Jerusalem with a noisy crowd and then goes and disturbs the peace in the temple by throwing out the money changers, the lenders and traders. For Jesus is both peace bringer and disturber of the peace. He comes to disturb our plans and settled ways with his radical call to take up our cross and follow him. To disturb our independence with total dependence on him. To overturn our self-satisfying comfort zones with his unsettling presence and call for purity and prayer. And when we allow him to disturb us, to stir us up and change us then we discover that the peace Christ gives is most surely not the peace that this world gives but a far greater peace- a pure river of love that flows endlessly and abundantly.  

What parts of your life might God be seeking to disturb this Holy Week?

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