Thursday, November 05, 2009

Jesus said to them, 'Peace be with you.' What is this peace?

The sign of peace from The Magnificat Nov 2009.

Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you’” (Jn 20: 19). What is this peace?
Christ’s Easter gift of peace is the restoration of whatever was lacking in our relationship with God because of sin. The breach we wrought because of our disobedience has been repaired by Christ’s peace. When Jesus speaks this peace he reveals that we possess a new way of looking at reality that goes beyond our natural abilities, preconceptions, and weaknesses. All that is required to live in friendship and harmony with God is bestowed upon us in Jesus’ Easter gift. This peace reconciles us, rehabilitates us, refashions us. It defuses what divides us and pacifies passions. This peace dispels impediments in our life. It imbues us with a new way of seeing and thinking. It graces us with supernatural power, strength, newness, life. It blesses us with wholeness, tranquility, unity. “(His) Peace is the answer to those primordial longings which make up the desire for happiness in every human soul” (Servais-Théodore Pinckaers). - Peter John Cameron, OP

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