Scripture – The Sword that Divides

Jesus said:

Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s foes will be those of his own household. (Matt 10:34-36)

The sword is the Word of God:

Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

Hence, this Scripture is not about Jesus coming to create chaos, strife, and wounds. Rather, it is precisely the action of the Holy Spirit penetrating souls with light “so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:35). It is in this light that one either embraces the Gospel of Love or the gospel of self-love. It is in this light that one chooses either the Will of God or the human will. Hence, two roads are opened: one that leads to eternal life and one that leads to perdition — two roads that are in opposition to one another.

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few. (Matt 7:13-14)

This is what sets a man against his own father and one kin against another: it is the conviction of truth, whom Jesus is, that either moves one to freedom or deeper into spiritual slavery; it is the mother embracing truth but the daughter choosing the lie, one brother seeking the light, the other settling in the darkness. 

And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. (John 3:19-20)

Hence, we have arrived at the end of the age when the weeds are being sifted from the wheat. Jesus desires that all should be saved… but not all desire to be saved. And thus, we have come to the hour of the most painful sorrows when we will see families turned against each other — just as Jesus was abandoned by His followers in Gethsemane. 

In one of my first reflections in my writing apostolate in March of 2006, the “now word” that day was that we are entering The Great SiftingThe message was short and to the point… and now, we are living it: 

THERE will come a moment when we will walk by faith, not by consolation. It will seem as though we have been abandoned… like Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. But our angel of comfort in the Garden will be the knowledge that we do not suffer alone; that other’s believe and suffer as we do, in the same unity of the Holy Spirit.

Surely, if Jesus continued along the Way of his Passion in a certain abandonment, then so will the Church (cf. CCC 675). This will be the great test. It will sift the true followers of Christ like wheat.

Lord, help us to remain faithful. —from The Great Sifting


—Mark Mallett

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