Be Agents of Peace

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woman and child with doctor and bible words

The Easter Season ends with the Feast of Pentecost and with it the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem. This event marks the beginning of the Church. As we heard in last week’s Gospel, after His death, Jesus fulfilled his promise to send to his disciples a helper, an advocate, who would enable them to be his witnesses throughout the world.

He breathes the Holy Spirit upon the disciples and sends them to continue his work of reconciliation through the forgiveness of sins. Jesus bestows his disciples with the gift of peace, sending his disciples to continue the work that he has begun. The Gospel reading tells us that the Church is called to be a reconciling presence in the world. The reconciling presence of Christ is celebrated in the Church’s sacramental life. When we are baptized, we are cleansed of sin and become a new creation in Christ. In the Sacrament of Penance, the mercy of God is celebrated through the forgiving of sins. Reconciliation is to be a way of life for Christians. Where there is conflict, we are to be agents of peace and harmony among people.

Panel of Faith on the Frontlines participants

On May 15th, CMMB CEO, Bruce Wilkinson joined Dr. Mary Leahy of Bon Secours Charity Health System for a special livestream event presented by the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture. The event was titled Faith on the Frontlines and was moderated by Father Matt Malone, S.J. of America Media. The panel explored the intersection of faith and the world’s medical response to COVID-19. How are Catholic healthcare workers responding to the unique challenges of COVID-19, specifically caring for the “whole person” when treatment of this disease requires isolation?

The program also asks: how do we heal the healers? How do we provide support—mental, emotional and spiritual— for those men and women who, daily, sacrifice their own health and emotional well-being to serve their patients? Our mission leads with the phrase, “Guided by the example of Jesus…” Every program, service, and emergency response are done so in the footsteps of Jesus.

Our staff in New York City, country office leaders, frontline healthcare providers and community health workers—all work to bring peace, harmony and positive change to the communities we serve. And in times of conflict the urgency to achieve that peace becomes tenfold.

Today, as we face a conflict unlike any other, both at home and abroad, Bruce and Dr. Leahy stress the role of faith in navigating a response to COVID-19, especially for those who are most vulnerable.

“We have a deep introspection right now to look at our own societies and to try to rectify and bring some justice into places that have access for all.” – Dr. Mary Leahy

When our lord said love one another, he wasn’t talking about our neighbor across the street. He was talking about all of us throughout the world and we need to act that way.

13 thoughts on “Be Agents of Peace

  1. What a perfect story and article to put forth during Pentecost Matt. My off beat hardcore approach because of what happened this week with bloggers comes full circle to this and I know it wasn’t coincidental! Thank you and God bless you.I want to blog this, so let’s see how that works!

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  2. Reblogged this on Zero Lift-Off and commented:
    What a perfect story and article to put forth during Pentecost Matt. My off beat hardcore approach because of what happened this week with bloggers comes full circle to this and I know it wasn’t coincidental! Thank you and God bless you. I want to blog this, so let’s see how that works!
    Lawrence Morra

    https://lawrencemorra.com/2020/05/31/the-grace-of-god-produces-unity-and-the-disciples-of-jesus-experience-this-concretely-at-pentecost/

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    1. Very well Larry. A little set back with my system; to be put right tomorrow. Using a phone now and can’t do much with it. I will check I am missing from afternoon today. Would have loved to follow up on the link directly. Thanks for your hardwork my brother.

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      1. All good Matt. Sorry you had a system crash and hope it will resolve ASAP! Look forward to touching base when you’re up and running full steam as they say! You take care and thank you!

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      2. Matt…I want to share a lengthy response comment that I just left with another friend which I think is something you appreciate over all.

        “You know me I’m sure well enough to know that I don’t let matters rest until I have examined them as closely as I possibly can. Perhaps I should have been a detective, but overnight I did have a tad more insight regarding your point about how people speak about the weather!
        Here is what I came up with and I hope is helpful to someone, that is the only reason I bother expressing these carefully thought out or arrived at conclusions.

        Prejudice and hypocrisy or what I see as two-facedness and backstabbing is alive and well; selfish pride and lack of humility reign supreme. And, when we really are honest about all of it, this is a genuine sign of stupidity in people to live this way. In other words what I say here goes right back to what Jesus said over two thousand years ago and shows that people really haven’t changed their inner core one Iota.

        “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
        Matthew 7:1-5 (Also Luke 6:41-42)

        The command “do not judge” is followed by a warning “or you will be judged”.

        Jesus was teaching back then how people are so flawed and judgmental of others but not themselves. But, I’m saying today people are worse, as they behave like backstabbers this way on steroids making them exponentially worse than when times were simpler. Look at how much cyber bullying and horrid things children or adults do to each other online in such sneaky and nefarious ways; sometimes even setting traps to attack someone and put that person down!
        This is a tool, this internet, but, it has often times become an easy access weapon or instrument of sin and destructive consequence leashed upon others.
        Peace.”

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      3. Sure you are right on point, Larry. I love the contribution. The whole hog of judging others outside people’s camp is so easy and common that those judging hardly ever reflect on the consequences of their utterances back at them. Thumbs up.

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      4. Thanks Matt! Good to know people like you who are in the know are almost everywhere, we hope and pray! Just like the fake news they put spin on what suits their agenda and are always looking to run a narrative that supports their notions no matter how ridiculous, sinister or untrue. Smoke and mirrors as cheap charlatan parlor tricks! Shalom.

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