My peace I give to you

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

 My peace I give to you
Easter day 31 

In the gospel today, Jesus says to his disciples:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid

 Certainly, peace is a transitional  thing for us.   We tend to worry about things that are happening in our families and our community as well as world-wide events. The Greek word for worried come from two root words meaning “divided” and “mind”.    A person who worries suffers from a divided mind.  Jesus does not want to us to be divided.  He wants us to choose the kingdom that he came on earth to reveal and which he constantly proclaimed.  Yes,  even when there are un-peaceful things happening in our lives Jesus does not want us to be troubled or afraid because in living through them, in leaning into life, we are having the same experiences Jesus did when he was living in our world. We are even called “blessed”.  In the reading from Acts today, Paul is stoned and cast out of Antioch and left for dead and yet, with the support and prayers of his friends, he gets up and goes to another city to continue to proclaim his message.  In the beatitudes Paul’s experience would be described :   10Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake,  For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” 

Jesus says “My peace I give to you.”  His peace is based on his promise and his power and his love for us.  In His own life and especially his crucifixion and death he was not afraid. He could have stopped all the violence against him and punished all those who were crucifying him; but that was not the kind of kingdom he was bringing.  It was in overcoming the pain and violence that the Kingdom of God triumphs over the kingdom of this world.   Whatever will happen in our lives, we don‘t need to be afraid because God love and power and presence will be in us companioning us through our crosses and dying to resurrection and glory.

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