WORLDLY PEACE VS. CHRIST’S PEACE

Clergy Corner by Fr. Robert Falabella

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH HURT?
WHEN DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE FORGIVEN?
WORLDLY PEACE VS. CHRIST’S PEACE

The “world’s” notion of “Peace” involves having a human condition of “tranquility,” where everything in our life is going smoothly -- feeling safe and secure; good job, good pay, good health, family closeness and an atmosphere of our acceptance by others -- free of animosity or open hostility. However, if such a peace is threatened, it ceases to exist because it is only temporal.

If, however, we have the peace of Christ: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives, do I give it to you” (John 15:27), we are enabled to forgive; however, the feelings of hurt will always be there, for there are some hurts that run so deep, that the human mind is incapable of forgetting those tears and suffering. For every injustice causes a wound that will remain with us until the Second coming’s final judgment: “…it is THEN that every tear will be wiped away -- no more suffering, no more death…” (Revelation 21:3-4).

If, however, we are still struggling in the present, when it comes to manifesting forgiveness, then each time the sense of betrayal or hurt comes to mind, let it become an opportunity of grace by turning it into a prayer with the prayer of Christ :“Father forgive them;” thus bringing us closer to God by sharing in the humanity of Christ’s forgiveness -- making it easier each time -- because we are then entering more and more into the peace that Jesus Christ promised us, since we will have reached a point that when we think of that person who hurt us, we will understand those tears and feelings of hurt -- our hearts now fully immersed in the merciful love and grace of Jesus Christ.

The peace of Christ then is having His presence within us, that while we are hurt by such attacks, yet we do not become that source of hatefulness and ugliness -- i.e. we do not become an image of our enemy’s sinfulness and so become doubly harmed, but rather imitate the mercy of Jesus and so come even closer to His Divine Image. “I live, now not I but CHRIST LIVES IN me -- A GIFT WITH ETERNALLY GLORIOUS CONSEQUENCES” (Galatians 2:20).

 

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