While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” (Luke 24:36)
Many churches have a time of greeting during the service. The Episcopal and Catholic churches call the time Passing of the Peace, and the congregants say, “Peace” or “Peace be with you,” instead of “Hello.” The tradition comes from this Scripture.
Jesus greeted His followers with, “Peace be with you.” He died so we could have peace with God. The disciples felt guilty because they were scared and abandoned Jesus. Those who stayed with Him demoted him to a prophet. Jesus didn’t mention their wrongdoings. He gave them peace. H wanted us to have peace with Him and peace with God.
The ride through life is difficult when it doesn’t go as planned. When we do or say something wrong or someone wrongs us, we don’t feel peaceful. As Christians, we go to God in prayer and give Him our worries, but it is a process until we feel peace again.
Jesus’ message is that when we’re in His presence, our hearts should burn with peace because we’re forgiven and His boundless love for us won’t end, and He won’t ever abandon us.
When we greet each other with “Peace be with you,” we’re not only reminding others of Jesus’ peace, we’re extending our love and mercy also. You might want to call someone who needs peace today and extend your mercy, if needed, and, of course, your love.
Father God, thank you for forgiving my wrongdoings and taking away my guilt. Help me extend Your mercy and love to others to make the world more peaceful. I pray in Jesus precious and holy name, amen.