July 3, 2016

When we greet in peace the person near us at Mass, we share the touch of a handshake or embrace, sincere eye contact, and friendly words.

The scriptures speak of a similar peace. The first reading from Isaiah describes the peace of the holy city, Jerusalem, a place of prosperity and comfort where the “Lord’s power shall be known to his servants” (Isaiah 66:14c).

The Christian understanding of peace changes slightly. Paul writes of the “peace and mercy” on all who are created anew. Jesus describes a feeling of peace that will rest on those who accept his disciples and their message.Peace is both an absence of strife and a personal blessing. May we always and sincerely bring peace to our own lives as we share it with others.

 

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