GRANT PEACE IN OUR DAYS…PEACE I LEAVE YOU..THE PEACE OF THE LORD BE WITH YOU ALWAYS..GRANT US PEACE.
IN THE CATHOLIC MASS, AFTER THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER, it is notable how many time we pray for peace.
In the Judeo-Christian tradition, peace is not the lack of disturbance or difficulty. Peace, or shalom, is not a lack, but a fullness, a completeness. Do we experience our greatest fullness when we are left undisturbed? Or does fullness come from the awareness and experience of being loved?
The Prophet Micah assures us that Peace is a Person. In prophesying the Messiah, he writes, HE SHALL BE PEACE (Mi 5:4).
After the Resurrection, Jesus says to the Apostles “PEACE BE WITH YOU,” and he breathes on them the Holy Spirit, who makes Christ present among us.
How fascinating that these multiple prayers for peace occur only after Christ comes in the Eucharist.
We can pray for peace and wish each other the sign of peace after the Eucharistic Prayer, BECAUSE PEACE, WHOSE NAME IS JESUS, HAS COME AMONG US. And I can offer the sign of peace to my neighbor, fully aware that he or she is suffering difficulties and challenges in life. If that liturgical moment is lived with awareness, we are sharing with one another the joyful certainty that he can enliven us with the fullness of HIS PRESENCE IN THE MIDST OF ANY AND EVERY DIFFICULTY.
In our lives and in a world full of suffering and challenges, we express with the boldness of faith that peace has come among us: HE WHO IS PEACE PROMISES TO BE WITH US ALWAYS. (By: Father Richard Veras, Director of Pastoral Formation at St. Joseph’s Seminary in New York)
In other words, when I say to you, “PEACE BE WITH YOU” I am blessing you by saying, “JESUS BE WITH YOU”. It puts a whole new emphasis on the peace I wish my neighbors at Mass or any other time.
So: PEACE BE WITH ALL OF YOU! GO AND FEEL COMPLETE AND LOVED