In the days preceding Pentecost, the Resurrected Christ appeared before His disciples, each time saying, “Peace be with you.” His greeting was not meant as a light salutation, but rather as a gift that only God can give.
Let us ponder: When the crucified Christ rose from the dead in His glory, He still had the wounds in His hands and feet from the nails on the cross and from the lance in His side. Yet, He was at peace. Our Lord shows us that when we truly put our faith, hope, and love in God, we obtain an inner peace that no wound or suffering can destroy.
Harden Not Your Heart
This inner peace—this gift of love from God—heals us in ways the world cannot. When we only rely on worldly efforts to heal our brokenness in whatever form that may be—emotional distress, physical pain, abandonment, loneliness—we may be left with scars that harden the heart and weaken our faith, hope, and love. God calls us to do otherwise.
“Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts,” according to the Letter to the Hebrews [3:15]. With a heart filled with loving mercy, Christ’s purpose from the beginning has been to show us the way to everlasting peace—free from sin! “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you,” said Jesus [John 14:27].
Like the first disciples, Christ calls on us to receive the Holy Spirit to form in us the first fruits of eternal glory. Among those fruits is peace. Where there is this inner peace, there is patience, kindness, respect, dignity, charity, and a quiet confidence to help us face the challenges that await us. Without the Spirit of Our Lord, we are vulnerable to sin, which causes inner turmoil and exposes us to fear, anger, envy, worry, and doubt.
Queen of Peace
When we cannot find the peace our Lord wants us to have in our lives, let us look to Mary our Blessed Mother who is the Queen of Peace. Perfectly united with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Mary had an inner peace that sustained her throughout her life and in her darkest moments. Yes, even without the stain of original sin, Mary had to endure pain and suffering as she shared in her Son’s passion, following Him to Calvary, and witnessing His death on the cross.
Filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit, Mary had peace in her loving heart which Our Lady shares with all in search of salvation. United with her Son, the Prince of Peace, in the work of our redemption, Mary makes the grace of peace available and calls on us to make our peace with God, thereby ending our inner turmoil and reinvigorating our faith, hope, and love in the divine.
May peace be with you and in your spirit!