|and on Earth, Peace to Men of Good
You hear it often enough in songs, read it even more often
on Christmas cards and hear it said every Christmas:
"Peace on earth and
good will to men!"
The sentiment sounds good at first, but if you think
it, the spirit is Masonic, and a distortion of the actual verse in St.
Luke. I am not certain how this all began, the misquotation of St. Luke
and thus a false notion of peace. I do know for certain that a
variation of this misadventure appears in an old poem; perhaps the poet
needed a line to rhyme so he turned the correct phrase around. Maybe he
had nothing to do with the sorry outcome. But here it is, heresy
promulgated by our celebratory culture. Let us turn to St. Luke,
Chapter 2 and see what it is the Angel announces:
A Continuation of the Gospel of St. Luke, Chapter 2:1-14
AT THAT time, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that the
whole world should be enrolled. This enrolling was first made by
Cyrinus, the governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, everyone
into his own city. And Joseph also went up from: Galilee out of the
city of Nazareth, into Judea to the city of David, which is
called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to
be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child. And it
came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished,
that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her first-born Son,
and wrapped Him up in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the
same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night watches over
their flock. And behold an Angel of the Lord stood by them, and the
brightness of God shone round about them, and they feared with a great
fear. And the Angel said to them: Fear not; for behold I bring you good
tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people; for this day is
born to you a Saviour, Who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David.
And this shall be a sign unto you: You shall find the infant wrapped in
swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with
the Angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying:
Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace to men of good will.
This makes all the difference in the world, do you not agree? For how
can there be real peace among men who are not of good will? This is not
to say we wish vengeance, for that alone belongs to God, only that we
do not wish them felicity to advance in their evil-doing, and that it
matters what we believe and what we do and why we do it.
Our Lady of Fatima was selected for the headline image because she has
given us a "Peace Plan", the Rosary and reparation.