Saturday, April 7, 2018
4/08/18 -- 2nd Sunday of Easter
Today the risen Lord appears to the disciples and says “Peace be with you.”
Jesus gives the gift of peace. Jesus’ gift of peace is so much more than the absence of conflict. Jesus’ peace is given so that the disciples don’t stay huddled in the upper room.
Fear has paralyzed them. But Jesus has a mission for them. To accomplish Jesus’ mission, they must first overcome their fears. Jesus’ peace brings courage and strength and resolve.
Jesus’ peace is given so that the disciples can go out into the world and be peacemakers.
Jesus’ peace is given so that they have the strength and the courage and the resolve to go out into the world and proclaim that God raised Jesus from the dead.
Jesus’ peace requires something of us as well. Jesus’ peace is centered not on being nice but on doing what is right and just, treating people with kindness and dignity.
Jesus’ peace is a reconciling peace. Jesus forgives sinners and then sends those forgiven sinners out to forgive others. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them.
Jesus gives peace to the people who had denied and betrayed and abandoned him not so long ago and then sends them out to be peacemakers.
Jesus also breathes the Holy Spirit on them. The Holy Spirit dwells in their hearts so that Jesus is with them always, leading and guiding.
Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit on us today and calls us to be peacemakers, peacemakers in our homes, with our families, peacemakers at school, with our friends, peacemakers in our community and in our world.
The first reading gives us an example of the early church trying to live in the peace of Christ. They were of one mind and heart.
They shared everything with each other so that no one was needy among them. They found peace in working together.
We are called to be peacemakers who are not overcome by fear, peacemakers who speak truth with love, peacemakers who control our anger, peacemakers who work for the common good.
Today the risen Lord appears to the disciples and says “Peace be with you.” May we continue our work of becoming the peacemakers Christ our Risen Lord desires us to be.