Pastor's Desk: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In place of the Pastor’s Desk this week, we include the following extract from Intercom Magazine:
The Deep End - We come in peace
‘God save all here’ is a traditional Irish blessing, spoken on entering someone’s home or arriving at a gathering. It was also used as a general greeting when entering a public house, and is often heard in films depicting life in early 20th century Ireland. Other variations traditionally spoken on crossing a threshold include ‘God bless all here’ or ‘God bless all in this house’. While not in use as much these days, such greetings serve to set the tone for a visit. They indicate that the visitor has come in peace, with good wishes for all present – he or she bears no ill will to anyone.
Today Jesus recommends a specific greeting for his disciples to use when entering a home: ‘Peace to this house!’ Whatever house the disciples go into, this should be their greeting. Like the traditional Irish blessings, these words set a tone. Jesus explains that if a person of peace lives in that house, ‘your peace will go and rest on him’. The peace blessing offered by the disciples will spread to those they meet. Peace should be our number one consideration in our dealings with others.