The Promise of Easter.....Peace!
Jesus said to the disciples again, "Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you. (Jn. 20:21)
After Jesus rose from the dead and saw his disciples, his words of blessing once again are "Peace be with you."
Those are such welcoming words. Of all the things we need and want, peace is the one gift so necessary for a holy and full life. Peace of mind. Peace of heart. The kind of peace that only God can give. The peace that is needed way down deep inside of me so that God can dwell in and with me.
So when Jesus says to us, "Peace be with you," he is giving us the gift of inner peace. What a gift!
At the last supper, Jesus told us he would give us peace. He said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you."
Just as Jesus promises to give us His peace, He also sends us to be peacemakers, just as the Father sent him.
As God continues to dwell in each of us, how can we be better peacemakers?
What areas in our lives need healing so that we can experience the inner peace that Easter promises?
With whom can we share this peace? With whom should this peace be shared?