True Peace

Peace be with you

Jesus offered these words to His disciples upon appearing to them after His resurrection and we use the same phrase in Mass each Sunday.  The priest offers peace to us, we offer peace back to him, and we offer signs of peace to those with us in church.

Peace be with you

How short and simple these words are and yet how awesome and grand at the same time.  Jesus offers us peace, true peace, through His death and resurrection.  By coming into this world and teaching us how to live, Jesus showed us how to bring peace to our lives.  By dying on the cross and rising from the dead He brought everlasting peace to us all.  The peace that comes from knowing that Jesus is our salvation and that death is not the end of our journey.  When Jesus appears to His disciples in the locked upper room, He greets them by saying these words

Peace be with you.

This short phrase calmed His disciples by filling them with the peace of God.  He could have said many things to His disciples.  But he chose to offer peace.  True peace.

True peace is more than stopping children from arguing.  It is more than keeping politicians from disputing practices of the government.  True peace is more than stopping a war between nations.  True peace can be found in Christ and in Christ alone.  He offers us a peace that is far greater than we can imagine.  The peace of our Lord surpasses any peace we could attain on our own.  

The gift of our Lord’s peace is a gift that fills the heart.  True peace enters into your soul and fills your very being with the Holy Spirit.  It lifts you up and erases your doubts, your fears, your worries about tomorrow.  The peace of Jesus fills us with an inner calm that is like a gentle breeze on a summer day, or the sound of the waves lapping onto the shore as you stare into the sunset.  True peace is the love of our Lord within us.  It fills you with hope, with joy, with faith, with calm.

This inner peace goes further than simply within ourselves.  We are called to spread the peace of Our Lord.  By opening ourselves up to this true peace and by allowing God to work through us, we spread His peace to those around us.  In this way, the peace of the Lord is the peace that we search for in all aspects of life.  Before we can solve worldly conflicts as small as an argument between children or as large as a war between nations, we must have the peace of Christ.  It is His peace that makes any wordly peace possible.  Our prayers for peace should be prayers for true peace to enter into the hearts of all on earth, especially those engaged in war or other widespread conflict.

The peace of Christ can enter into the soul of each of us if we only allow it.  It can fill us with a calm that can withstand even the greatest of storms.  It can guide through times of trouble and through times of triumph.  True peace in our world really can begin with us.  It begins in each of our hearts and grows as we allow the peace of Christ to work through us to inspire others and to open their hearts as well. 

 So today I pray for peace.  For the peace of Our Lord to fill my body and soul, to fill the lives of those I love, to bring hope to those who despair, to bring life to those surrounded by death.  I pray for the true everlasting peace of God to touch the hearts of all of us here on earth and I pray that our hearts are open to accept it. 

Peace be with you.

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3 thoughts on “True Peace

  1. Grande Falcone April 16, 2012 at 8:12 am Reply

    Well said. Christ’s offer of peace after the Resurrection also represented perfect forgiveness to all his friends who had just deserted him to the wolves days before.

  2. rosesnearrunningwaters September 9, 2013 at 11:41 am Reply

    Reblogged this on roses near running waters and commented:

    With the Holy Father’s worldwide call to prayer and fasting for peace and with the possibility of a coming war filling the news and our minds, I though back to this post I had previously written on the true peace that can only be found through Jesus Christ. All peace comes from Him and there cannot be true peace in our lives or in our world without Him. As we continue to pray for peace in Syria and in all the world, let our hearts be opened to the peace of Christ so that we not only speak of peace to others, but allow the peace of Christ to govern our thoughts and actions as well. May the peace of Christ be with the whole world.

  3. […] work within my soul.  To empty myself of anxieties, troubles, fears, and be filled with His peace, true peace.  To let that peace extend from me to touch my family and friends and all those around me.  This […]

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