Seasons of the Spirit ~ SeasonsFUSION

Lectionary resources for worship, faith formation, and service

Peace Be With You: Luke 24:36b-48


What does it mean to say, “Peace be with you.” Jesus said it three times in the reading from John last week, and here he is again in Luke, saying it to kick off this resurrection appearance story that comes complete with breakfast.

It’s almost too intuitive to define. It could mean, “Calm down,” but that feels condescending and diminishing. It’s more empowering than that.

It has the effect of a mantra: to center and to still. It is the necessary precursor to believing and acting: in this story from Luke, it opens the scene and enables the disciples to move from being startled to joyfully disbelieving. But as they sit with it a bit longer, it seeps down in like rain into soil and the seed begins to take root…soon they will branch out to “all nations, starting from Jerusalem.”

“Peace be with you” is a practice, the beginning of a movement. It brings both the one speaking it and the one receiving it to center. From there, anything is possible…including peace in our time.

peace,
Jana Norman
writer with the Nightcliff Congregation in Darwin, Australia for Lent, Easter

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on April 16, 2012 by in Uncategorized and tagged , .

Social Media

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 94 other followers

%d bloggers like this: