On the night of the first day of the new Eden, the risen Christ appeared to the disciples, stood in their midst and spoke the words of resurrection fulfillment: “Peace be with you” (Jn 20:19). Peace.
What does peace mean today: quiet, untroubled relaxation in an idyllic setting; a personal sense of integration and meaning in one’s life? Yes, that is an attractive description of peace that many in our Church and nation desire today.
But what about peace among us and between us? What about peace in our world and peace for the world? Did Jesus’ greeting of peace have anything to do with the world we live in?