This afternoon I was reading the online bulletin for the parish where our 2 younger kids attend school.
Here's the "letter from the pastor" for this week:
Dear Friends in Christ,
It is mind boggling to think that Jesus came on earth not to establish peace, but division. Were not the angels at Bethlehem crying for peace when Jesus was born that Christmas morning? Was not peace the prayer of Jesus before he ascended to the Father?
There can never be peace if there is division among us. To attain peace and unity, Jesus is calling for a new kind of familiar relationship. It is no longer a relationship based on family ties, but on faith communities and prayer circles. Thus, because we are all Christians under one fold and one Church, everyone becomes a brother and a sister to us.
This can only happen if we follow what Jesus is telling us. Only if we challenge ourselves to see Jesus in others. Only if we treat others just like the way Jesus is treating us.
Incidentally, I would like to inform you that in accordance with Diocesan guidelines, we have appointed a committee to search for a new Principal for our school....
Right next to that letter was a little blurb about this weekend's Second Reading:
In today’s second reading, St. Paul encourages us not to grow weary or lose heart, but to persevere in following Jesus. Our willingness to give of ourselves, even in the face of conflict and division, is one way to measure our discipleship.
On a local news website I read that our Principal has resigned due to "health reasons."
I can't help but think that there's more to it than that, and that our school is under a spiritual attack. Please pray for all involved, and for the children and staff members who start school in three weeks.