“The peace of Christ be with you always. And, also with you.”
When we share the peace with those around us, when we bid them the peace of Christ always, let’s consider: Are we passively reciting a line about peace? Or are we actively committing ourselves to be vessels through which Christ might bring about that peace?
Are we willing to be a voice in our church, community, and world, speaking out about the broken and oppressive systems that may have robbed others of peace? If we are not actively participating in bringing about restorative justice for those around us who are hurting and oppressed, is the peace we offer simply quiet simply a polite intermission in our worship?
We have an opportunity to share a sign of peace that is rooted in a love for neighbors that is so strong it compels us to commit ourselves to seek justice for them, even when it makes us uncomfortable, especially when it costs us something. Our peace-seeking requires courage and boldness.
This message is an excerpt from “Passing the peace” by Tiffany C. Chaney in the July/August 2020 issue of Gather magazine.