We celebrated Mother’s Day, this year using St. John’s image of the Vine and the Branches. There is another place in John’s final words of Jesus in which the Master promises never to leave them. Also, another John, on the island of Patmos, had a vision of the Beautiful City of God and a rich use of the Hebrew word shalom. Normally translated “peace,” asked to do with much more than a mere antiwar stance. It implies perfect wholeness — the safety of Divine presence — and joy that expresses itself regardless of the circumstances.
Ed McCurdy wrote a song back in 1964 that many considered totally impractical — even impossible. But let’s give the man a break: if we love Biblical dreams, we should embrace this one.
Last night I had the strangest dream I ever dreamed before.
I dreamed the world had all agreed to put an end to war.
I dreamed I saw a mighty room, and the room was filled with men.
And the paper they were signing said they'd never fight again.
And when the papers all were signed and a million copies made,
They all joined hands and bowed their heads and grateful prayers were prayed.
And the people in the streets below were dancing round and round,
And guns and swords and uniforms were scattered on the ground.