The peace that Jesus offers is not the “rest in peace” idea we often have. In other words it is not being quiet and resting in a hammock under a tree on a warm day. The true peace of Christ comes from knowing him, the risen Lord who is always present among us. Our radical hope is in Jesus Christ, victorious over death who offers all of us the hope of our own everlasting life in him.
That radical hope changes our lives; it fills us with inner strength (grace). In the most difficult moments of our lives, our fears are overcome because we are not alone. Our deepest hurts can be forgiven and healed, because we are forgiven and healed. The peace offered by the Risen Lord frees and empowers us to live deeply committed lives in service of others. Go forth in peace…to love and serve the Lord!