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first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet FaithLifestyle Peace to you by: – April 21, 2012 Sharecenter_img Share Photo credit: allthingsworkplace.com“Peace to you” are the first words on the lips of Jesus whenever he appears to his disciple after the resurrection. I say “Peace to you” rather than “Peace be with you,” because the phrase (as the original implies) is not so much a wish or a greeting as a declaration. Jesus announces something to the disciples as his principal commentary on recent events. In other words, after the struggle with darkness and evil, the temptation to yield to abandonment, and from the embrace of the ordeal and surrender in death, comes a declaration: peace to you, or peace for you.What we have in other words is a gift, something we are to receive and appropriate, not something we have to create or bring about in ourselves.This peace, as Jesus later amplifies, is his own.” “My own peace I give you.” It comes from him as its source, and the source – to be repetitive – is the resurrection victory. The peace we are offered is thus an assurance. Given its source, it is not simply the peace of calmness or tranquillity. That’s the sort of peace the world gives.Peace and tranquillity are not negligible experiences. They are times to be treasured, when noise is unobtrusive or distant and far away. But this is not the peace of Christ, and it is not what Jesus offers after the resurrection. The peace Jesus offers is the fruit of his overcoming, an antidote to the experience of evil and all those things that try the human spirit — melancholy, despondency, despair, discouragement, and the experience of futility. The peace offered to us is the quality that helps us to do battle and make us capable of overcoming. The world cannot give it because it is the world itself that creates the obstacles that peace overcomes.We have to open ourselves to receive the gift. I have said that the experience of stillness or the calmness we can induce in ourselves are not yet the peace of Christ, but they may be one of its preconditions. You can’t know the peace of Christ if you never pause, if you cannot keep still, if you must always be on the go and on the move. Centuries of experience in this matter tell us that we must learn not to avoid silence but to cultivate it, a few moments a day, not much at the start, and then for longer periods as the need is felt. That’s the preparation ground for receiving the peace of Christ.Peace is a gift, as I say. During the course of the Mass, on the other hand, it constitutes a wish. The exchange of peace at that time is more than just a transient ritual, a lukewarm way of saying hello. It is the exchange of a deep desire that you and I may have in our lives the capacity Jesus displayed in his for overcoming all that is dark, threatening and destructive in life, and coming out victoriously on the other side. This is the peace I wish for you, and the wish you also extend to me. It is the wish that circulates to and from everyone in the assembly.By: Father Henry Charles PhD 52 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

first_imgArsene Wenger believes there is more to come from Arsenal’s young Japanese winger Ryo Miyaichi after he scored a penalty in a 3-1 friendly win against the Gunners manager’s former side Nagoya Grampus. Speaking about the penalty, Wenger told the club’s website: “It was not planned. When Ryo scored I thought it was a good decision from Arteta. “Ryo was not completely fit to play but it was a special occasion that I did not want him to miss. He just needs to come back to full fitness and then the rest will come along. “I like his pace, his mobility and his movement off the ball. I like players who can move when others have the ball. There is also his attitude, commitment and desire. That is why I decided to keep him.” Press Associationcenter_img The 20-year-old, who signed for Arsenal two years ago, has been recovering from an injury picked up in March but was included for the Asia Tour and their match in Japan. Olivier Giroud had opened the scoring, his sixth goal of the Asia tour, before usual penalty taker Mikel Arteta gave Miyaichi the chance to score from the spot to make it 2-0. Theo Walcott added a third before Kisho Yano got one back in front of a crowd of almost 43,000. last_img read more