Letting Christ into life
Jesus offers us peace nothing else does
By Tony Staley
One challenge we face as Christians that takes sharp focus during
the Easter season is determining how the resurrected Christ
enters our lives.
Certain constants, of course, apply to all the ages. As St. Paul
said in his first letter to the Corinthians, the resurrection of
Christ gives validity to our faith in our redemption and our own
resurrection from the dead. Beyond that, every age must seek
lessons that respond to the particular challenges it faces.
One lesson our own age could adopt from the Risen Lord, can be
found in nearly every Scriptural account of Christ's apparitions
to his followers.
Almost without fail, Jesus says to them: "Peace be with you."
What an important message that is for our world, where ethnic or
civil wars are being fought in the Balkans and in many regions of
Africa. That message of peace, of course, entails more than a
word. It involves our active efforts as God's agents on earth to
draw on the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to pray and work for peace.
Beyond the issues of warfare, another issue of peace touches our
country in a way that wars on another continent do not.
That issue of peace has to do with the peace that is so often
lacking in our personal and family lives because of greed,
materialism and our hectic pace, which leads to an unending
pursuit of what we think we want, but not the time to contemplate
or enjoy what we have.
The ability to luxuriate in God's simple gifts of family and
nature, in forgiving and being forgiven, can be found only by
accepting the peace Christ offers his disciples then and now.