Scripture Reading: Not Peace, but Division / Interpreting the Times
I vaguely remember years later asking my grandmother about uncle Dutch, her brother. I remember her just shrugging and saying, “We don’t ever hear from him.” How sad. Her own brother. Well truth be known, many a family has experienced minimally, some anxiety over issues that arise due to different preferences when it comes to religion. So many other families have known painful conflict and division, and even permanent damage to familial relations. This is not a concept that has emerged in post-modernity for it has been a problem well since the dawn of humankind. So, to hear Jesus speak to it to this particular issue with his first-century audience should not come as a surprise.