Peace be with you

Again we are made aware of trouble in our world, London, Manchester, Bagdad, along with many other places. On the day the church celebrates the Day of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit to the church in Acts 2, we see and read of unrest, division, suffering.

One of the set readings for Pentecost Sunday is John 20:19-23 where Jesus greets the disciples with the words, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Not only are we to receive peace but we are called to share peace, to give peace away, to be sent out and to be peacemakers, forgivers, and those who seek to work towards justice and hope.

How can we work and pray for peace in our world?

By starting where you are, today, at work or home, school or the shops, on the bus, at sporting arenas. Don’t leave it up to some one else. Be the change. Give peace away, or in the words of the late John Lennon, “Give peace a chance.”