“Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house.’ If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him.” (Luke 10:6)
Happy New Year!
At the start of a new year, many people make resolutions, things they will try to do in the coming year. Very often these resolutions are focused on ourselves, going on a diet, getting fit etc.
Perhaps this year we could consider making a resolution for the good of others. In chapter 10 of Luke’s gospel Jesus sends out 72 disciples ahead of him to the towns and villages he himself would visit.
He instructs them to be bearers of peace. True peace is more than the absence of
violence. It is about being in harmony with God, with others and ourselves.
We have just celebrated Christmas, the birth of Jesus, the Prince of peace.
He is God’s gift to us and we are called to be his instruments of peace in the world today.
Like those 72 disciples of Jesus each of us are being sent out to our own towns and villages to announce the good news of the kingdom of God.
That kingdom which is built upon peace, love and justice and integrity.
As we look forward to a New Year let us pray that during 2015 we will try to live lives of faith, hope and love which are the keys to peace.
May God bless you all and fill you with his grace.
Fr Jamie Boyle,
Parish priest at St Francis Xavier, Falkirk, St Anthony in Rumford and St Mary of the Angels in Camelon