I was glad when they said to me,
‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’
Our feet are standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem—built as a city
that is bound firmly together.
To it the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord,
as was decreed for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
For there the thrones for judgment were set up,
the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
‘May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls,
and security within your towers.’
For the sake of my relatives and friends
I will say, ‘Peace be within you.’
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your good.
Food For Thought:
When I read this passage of Scripture, the word that comes to mind is peace. I think that one of our most important roles, as Christians, is to bring peace to this world. How do you see God as the prince of peace? What do you think is your role as a Christian to bring peace upon this earth? Like Gandhi, I believe that peace should be lived out through non-violent resistance. What are some things that we need to resist today? Where do you see a need in our world for more peace? Can you help make that possible? One of my favorite quotes of Gandhi is, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Today, I encourage you to seek out peace in your life and help others find peace in theirs.
(from Saint Francis of Assisi)
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.