I was driving around this afternoon and caught a segment from BBC World News on the radio. It was a story about how the peace talks between Israel and Palestine are being percieved in Israel itself. One of the men being interviewed said very adamantly - I want peace, but I don't want to surrender.
I kept listening to him say those words and found myself so frustrated by this attitude that says the only peace that is acceptable is the one that comes on my terms.
This week, our gospel lesson from Luke in the lectionary teaches us that we can't have it both ways. We can't hang on to our own desires and hopes and dreams and things and also follow Christ. We can't have the peace that passes all understanding unless we are willing to surrender it all.