Psalm 122:6-9

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
"May they prosper who love you!
Peace be within your walls,
and security within your towers!"
For my brethren and companions' sake
I will say, "Peace be within you!"
For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,
I will seek your good.

G.K. Chesterton says that there is no record of morality beginning with people saying "I will not hit you if you do not hit me."  Rather, it began with people saying "We must not hit each other in the Holy Place."  In short, when you seek the Kingdom and its righteousness, you get earthly goods thrown into the bargain.  When you seek earthly goods, you don't even get that.  That is why the Psalmist seeks the peace of Jerusalem "for the sake of the house of the LORD our God."  His goal is not merely earthly peace.  His goal is to please God, which is simple justice.  We, who have seen such terrible lack of peace visited on our own towers, must remember that the only way to achieve real peace will be spiritual, not merely technical, rearmament against the sin that so easily entangles and destroys.  Today seek the peace of Jerusalem by seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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