Monday, January 26, 2009

What is the Peace of God?

Yesterday's Gospel text was the call of Peter, James, and John. As that my priest likes for the music to fit the readings (something I'd never heard of growing up ;)), our hymn before the Gospel lesson was "They Cast Their Nets in Galilee." I liked it a lot, but the last verse really gave me pause...and then it was a topic of discussion at lunch afterward. What do y'all think? Here's the whole song, but I'm bolding the last verse, and asking y'all: What is this peace of God?
They cast their nets in Galilee
Just off the hills of brown;
Such happy, simple fisher folk,
Before the Lord came down.
Contented, peaceful fishermen,
Before they ever knew,
The peace of God that filled their hearts,
Brimful, and broke them too.
Young John who trimmed the flapping sail,
Homeless, in Patmos died,
Peter, who hauled the teeming net,
Head-down was crucified.
The peace of God, it is no peace,
But strife closed in the sod,
Yet let us pray for but one thing –
The marvelous peace of God.

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