Albert, called by God’s favour to be Patriarch of the Church of Jerusalem, bids health in the Lord and the blessing of the Holy Spirit to his beloved sons in Christ, B. and the other hermits under obedience to him, who live near the spring on Mount Carmel.
Rule of St. Albert, No. 1
How would you respond to a person who does not seem to want to receive the peace of Christ?
When I was in one of our mission areas in Bataan, I reminded one of the mothers that her daughter will be receiving for the first time the sacrament of the Eucharist that Sunday. But her response took me by surprise. She said, “I don’t know, brother, if I would let her join.”
How could a mother deny her daughter the very presence of Christ?
When Christ sent his disciples to preach the Good News to the people he reminded them to wish the house peace, but when the house does not deserve the peace, they are to take it back.
But who really deserves the peace of Christ?
Christ instituted the sacraments so that we have something to hold on that would strengthen our faith and deepen our love for Him.
The sacraments allow us to participate in his passion – his life, his suffering, his death, and his resurrection. But we will only take benefit from these wonderful gifts if we are willing to take it, to accept it. The gift is for all, but apparently not all are willing to accept them.
Are we willing to receive the peace of Christ in our lives?
As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you. Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words—go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet. Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.
Lord, grant me a heart willing and excited to accept you and to allow you to enter into my life. Let your peace reign in my house. Amen.