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Peace Be With You
by Maria Franco
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“Peace I leave you, my peace I give you, not as the world gives do I give you” 2 Timothy 1:7

The most desired word in the world today is Peace. Peace in our hearts. Peace in our thoughts. Peace in our surroundings. Peace is that magical word which can bring nations together, the best catalyst that can speed up a positive dialogue across the table. Peace is the band aid that one can wrap around emotional wounds to benefit from a definite healing. Ironically, the world today demands the opposite; a piece of the other’s mind instead of peace of mind and so on.

Jesus during His mortal life on earth prayed earnestly for peace. He desired that all should be one. He was not just the Messenger of peace but truly demonstrated peace with His dying words from the Cross. As we read in Colossians 1:20; “God was pleased to reconcile to himself all, things whether on earth or in heaven , by making peace through the Blood of His Cross.”
St. Paul greeted the early Christians in Colossians (1:2) with the words; “Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” and urged them in turn to greet one another likewise.

Christ himself instructed his disciples when He sent them out on their mission; “When you enter a house, first say; “Peace be with you”. If a person of peace is there, your peace will rest on him, but if not, it will return to you.” Luke 10:5
Once, two friends who were not on talking terms happened to be seated by chance besides each other in Church, thanks to an usher. During the sermon, the heart of one of the friend melted. So, at the time of exchanging Peace, he turned towards his friend and said; “Peace be with you.” The other friend was however not yet ready to forgive, so he replied; “Please keep it with you.”

Sometimes, we too go all the way to make peace with others, holding the lantern of hope kindling aglow in our hearts but sadly, our peace is not accepted. We feel at such times that if others cannot reciprocate our feelings, they should at least respect what we feel. It is only then that we realize and know in our hearts that there are some situations that may probably never be resolved in this lifetime. Some relationships instead of progressing, slip into a regress. We are obliged to accept failure not due to our own resolve but because of the prerogative of the other. Though of course, if one loses, the other loses as well. If one fails, the other fails as well. Both can either only win or lose together. The invisible wounds in life are always more painful than the physical wounds.

It is also imperative that people make peace between themselves, No third person as an interpreter should be involved into it. It should be face to face between the two who need to resolve their differences in order to avoid any humiliation.
In life, some moments do not come by easily. Fate does not have a stock load of such moments to offer on a regular basis. It is left to us to put these moments to a memorable use. Nothing can bring back the moment that has been lost forever or restore a person’s self confidence.

At the same time, it is only because we allow some moments to happen that they occur in the first place. If we had not given those moments a chance to develop, they would never have taken place and there would have been no memories to look back upon. We wonder whether destiny is what happens by choice or by chance. Should we make destiny happen or allow destiny to happen on its own and see whether it can give us the same moments that we created by our own desire.

As the saying goes; “ There are three things in life that we cannot recover, The Word after it’s said, the Time after it’s passed and the Moment after it’s missed.” Legend says that it is better to look back on life and say; “I cant believe I did that” than to look back and say: “I wish I did that.” Today let us make peace in our hearts with others. If we were not given a chance to say this in front of the person, at least from afar, we can offer the hand of peace lest life does not give us the opportunity again because when we are at the final stage of our life, we will think of the moments taken away from us and the moments which were not lived fully.

The Prince of Peace went through his own strife and share of discord among the people of Israel. When Jesus was condemned, Nicodemus, the High Priest prayed for peace to preside over the meeting at the Sanhedrin. Jesus though he was the bearer of peace was portrayed in a different light.

Today the Savior is still waiting to abide with us and give us His everlasting peace. As we render in the words of the hymn; “ The Savior is waiting to enter your heart. Why don’t you let Him come in. Time after time He has waited before and now He is waiting again. To see if you’re willing to open the door. O how He wants to come in.”

Emmanuel, the King of peace was a protector of His people right from the manger until the Cross and even today He generates peace with His Eucharistic presence and Trinitarian spirit.
The gospel of Christ is the Gospel of Peace. May the peace of Christ be with us all and the traditional words of peace; ‘Havenu Shalom Aleichem’ ring out throughout the world today!

Maria Franco.

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