THE PEACE OF COMMUNITY
This is one of those Gospels that gets painted with broad strokes, but the context and details are very, very important.
It is the evening of the Resurrection. The Apostles are in the upper room, hiding out of fear that their association with Jesus would result in their own crucifixion. Then, Jesus appears to them offering them peace.
Peace is one of those tricky words – a lot like love. Peace doesn’t mean no conflict – peace means that we will not lose our ground should conflict occur. Peace does not mean clear sailing or an easy path; the peace of Christ means that though bad things may happen, we trust that all will be as it needs to be, allowing our heart and mind to be at ease.
Then Jesus breathed to Holy Spirit into them. And why did he do this? (So that they may forgive one another).
In other words, in community, we find our peace. In community we receive that which is necessary to forgive.
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