Peace to You!

31.03.2018

 

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week,

when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews,

came Jesus and stood in the middle, and said to them, Peace be to you.

John 20:19

 

 

The feast of Easter (Christian) should encourage at least a heartfelt recollection of the work of redemption accomplished by Jesus through his death and resurrection. If this were accompanied by a real conversion we could really make all the bells of the world celebrate, because in heaven it is celebrated for every repentant sinner. Instead we must continue to record the ramble culinary and practice rituals now empty. Are you willing to make yourself a question? Is Christ risen in your life? Or despite everything, do not you even believe in the resurrection? In that case, we can stop talking about Jesus, because it would no longer make any sense.

The first sign of His resurrection in our life is to have received peace. In fact, in John's account we are in the evening of the discovery of the empty tomb and of the risen Christ, with a group of frightened and scared believers. While they are locked up, Jesus introduces himself to them by cutting the tension and the fear with a greeting: "Peace to you". At the sight of his wounds, and therefore having recognized him, "the disciples rejoiced". The encounter with the Risen Lord brings peace, is based on peace, requires peace. Fear swept by peace, then follows the joy. But every emotion, in itself, is held back, as the announced peace is a prelude to the "I send you". Something extraordinary is needed to give awareness, courage and frankness. And this is why we read "receive the Holy Spirit", whose action is realized in the remission of sins. Peace, joy, Spirit and mercy. This is the identikit of the Church of the Risen Lord, called to leave the enclosed place and be a witness to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).

Those who have experienced faith in Christ, by means of His word, well know that it is not enough to wave the branches of an olive tree. Instead, a sprig should rise from the bottom of the heart, but a huge tree, ready to cover all the wrongs, the shortcomings and the slander. Let's stop looking at the twig in the eye of others and look rather at the beam that is in ours. Let us work for the peace that God has placed in our hearts to dwell in our relationships. Let's make small incidents, difficulties contribute to increase our patience and our peace. We find ways to encourage each other, to exhort and comfort, beyond everything. Everyone must feel loved, appreciated, esteemed, considered because in our hearts the Lord of peace dwells, the God of love dwells, he who has changed our way of thinking and being.

Being a Christian goes beyond any form of religiosity and / or apparent mysticism. It is said that Kierkegaard, a radical and intransigent Christian, to those who said to him: "You are a Christian!" He replied: "No, I am an aspiring Christian". Nietzsche wrote: "After all there was only one Christian, and he died on the cross". Today it is very difficult to distinguish a "Christian". I believe it is due to the fact that we have been reduced to a sterile definition without "actions" that reveal it. Perhaps going back to being "aspirants" will help us first to sit at the feet of the Master to learn and then he will push us to work to prove what we have learned. A tree will be always recognized by its fruits. Lord, help us to be branches attached to the vine.

Let’s remember, we thank God and let’s live in His peace, striving to be aspiring Christians in deeds, so as to live an Easter without interruption.

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Devotional 14/2018
Weekly Bible reading plan

02 April   Judges 16-18; Luke 7: 1-30
03 April   Judges 19-21; Luke 7: 31-50
04 April   Ruth 1-4; Luke 8: 1-25
05 April   1 Samuel 1-3; Luke 8: 26-56
06 April   1 Samuel 4-6; Luke 9: 1-17
07 April   1 Samuel 7-9; Luke 9: 18-36
08 April   1 Samuel 10-12; Luke 9: 37-62

 

 

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