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In this week's Gospel we hear Jesus say twice to His apostles, "Peace be with you." What he was offering was complete peace – a real wholeness and well-being for their lives. His message still has powerful meaning today.
Rabbinic literature at the time of Christ extolled peace as the greatest possible blessing. In fact, one of the most renowned sages of the time, Rabbi Hillel, defined peace as the heart of Judaism, instructing people to, "Love peace...and pursue it."
After saying, "Peace be with you", Jesus tells the disciples, "As the Father has sent me, so I send you." He is telling them to go forth and help those in need so that others may experience peace too. The disciples went on to follow his direction: healing and caring for others...and bringing peace…just as Jesus did.
How might we be agents of peace in our time?