It seems in the course of everyday life when our time is filled with children and family, neighbors and friends, schedules, careers, obligations and social commitments it is not often that people would describe their lives as peaceful.
Many long for peace, for a time when one could sit in quiet, whether at home or in a natural setting and just take in all that surrounds us. It would be a time for reflection, for
contemplation, perhaps even a time to discern how blessed we are and most importantly, how God has been with us through all we have experienced in life. I think of this upon hearing today’s Gospel when Jesusappears to his disciples who are in hiding, fearful for their welfare because they were friends of the man that the community had just crucified. Jesus gently enters and greets them, not with stern words for having denied knowing him, or for falling asleep while he experienced such agony alone in the garden. No ~ Jesus enters and speaks four simple words,
“Peace be with you.”
How is it, that someone could love so deeply the friends who had abandoned him? Offering peace to the disciples reconciles them to Jesus. They are once again united in
love and friendship and though they were paralyzed by fear because of all that had just happened, they were happy to see Jesus and to know that he loved them unconditionally.
Jesus loves us in the same way. We need not be paralyzed or living in fear for how we have turned away from God in sin or failed to spend time with him in prayer. God is ever present in our lives, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and desires a deep loving relationship with each of us. He desires to gift us with peace, lifting our fears, doubts and anxieties; that we might truly be at peace. Filled with peace and the assurance of God’s love we are able to go forth proclaiming the Good News of the Risen Christ and bringing peace to others as they learn of God’s incredible love for them.
Let us together pray for peace in our lives and let us find time to spend in quiet reflection with Jesus that we might truly understand his love for us and the gift of peace that is ours in Him. Peace be yours in the Risen Christ,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC