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Question 110:

Could you please explain Vers Matthew 10:34 – "Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword"?

 

Answer: In Luke 2:34 we read that Jesus is "a sign that will be contradicted", i.e. in his mission to be a light to mankind he meets with hostility and persecution, also and especially from among his own people. Without wanting disunity, He creates disunity and hostility as an inescapable consequence of the choice He demands. Simeon, a just and pious man on whom the Holy Spirit shone (cf. Luke 2:25) said to Mary, the mother of Jesus, at His presentation at the temple that: "Look, he is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is opposed – and a sword will pierce your soul too – so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare." (Luke 2:34-35). In other words: Mary, the true daughter of Zion will experience for herself the suffering that is her people’s destiny. Together with her son she will be at the core of this paradox, where hearts have to declare their allegiance, for or against Jesus. The sword is the symbol for this.

 

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