The great English writer, G. K. Chesterton, had a deep commitment to the cause of peace and once he said “It is incorrect to speak of war breaking out; war is the constant state of things. It is more correct to speak of peace breaking out.¨ Now, as I listen to the drums of war beat ever more loudly and as we contemplate sending warships and thousands of troops to the Middle East, I also hear a growing voice deep within me that joins the chorus of warnings about impending conflicts.
Sadly, it does seem painfully certain that we are more highly skilled at war-making than peacemaking. Yet, one of the hallmarks of being people of the Gospel and of the resurrection is the unflinching conviction that the power to uphold life and the courage to make peace in our homes, our personal relationships and at work is what makes all the difference.
From early today, John Lennon´s famous song, "Give Peace a Chance," has been playing non-stop inside my head. As I put my shoes on I heard the melody growing along with the hope that all our prayers and activities on behalf of the peace we pray and wish for may become a reality, even while we are tempted to engage in wars with those around us. Let us remember that even if it is only between ourselves and a neighbor, when we attempt to live in peace, we are involved in an unusual undertaking, severing that typical flow of activity that leads to brutality and violence. In so doing, we become messengers of the Good News and, even more importantly, its living truth.
Rev. Juan Carlos Ruiz