Jesus is something of a paradox. While we know He is the Prince of Peace, He says in today's Gospel reading from Luke 12, "Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division." Because of our frailties, Jesus is a source of division even in families.
Our first reading today is a beautiful prayer from St. Paul in Ephesians 3. He prays that you "may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses all knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God."
Jesus is different things to different people. To some He may be the judge, the one who enforces that law, the one who is waiting to condemn. I feel sorry for folks who view Jesus that way. St. Paul speaks of the "love of Christ that surpasses knowledge." You see, Jesus loves you more than you can ever know. His love is truly incomprehensible. Just take a look at a crucifix. He did that just for you.
Father, we pray that St. Paul's prayer will come true for us, that we may truly comprehend the great love of the Lord Jesus for us. Amen.