Peace is not merely the absence of conflict.
Shalom is so much more than a lasting truce!
Peace is the fullness of abiding in God's
rest. The first words the Risen Lord addressed
to his disciples were: "Peace be with you." (John 20.19b). This is the peace
we wish one another during the Rite of Peace
at Mass. This is the peace which guides wisdom
and understanding. "Happy the man who finds wisdom, the man who
gains understanding! ...Her ways are pleasant
ways, and all her paths are peace." (Proverbs 3.13,17) This is the peace
that leads humankind to its deepest fulfillment
and greatest joy.
(c) Paul Buis, 2008