A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 10:34-11.1
Jesus said to his Apostles: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household. “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is righteous will receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple– amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.” When Jesus finished giving these commands to his Twelve disciples, he went away from that place to teach and to preach in their towns.
REFLECTION: "I have come to bring not peace but the sword."
Swords can be dangerous in the wrong hands. A sword can cut and divide. It can injure and kill.
The sword of the spirit is the word of God. In the Bible, God's word is described as a sharp two edged sword. It is our weapon against the devil.
This spiritual sword cuts through our inner being, our mind and soul. It cuts in two directions. It will allow us to see what is truly inside of us--sinful deeds, thoughts, lies and deception. This sword of the Spirit can destroy, cut and divide up any sinful bondage that we have.
Read the bible, study it and be ready to live.
God Bless You