The Men's Academy: Academy Briefs
Academy Brief: Source of Peace
Brothers, as Jesus wished His Peace upon us, even when underserving, we should be a source
of peace in the world. Before calling others to justice, become the peace you have received.
And you will have great impact.
In the 3rd Sunday of Easter, the Gospel reading of Luke 24 gives important lessons for men
regarding God’s gift of peace and being a source of that peace to others.
After His Resurrection Jesus appears His disciples who are hunkered down in a locked room.
Now John Chrysostom says news about Jesus being alive was everywhere in Jerusalem; and
for this reason the disciples are emotional wrecks: fear of being arrested by the Jews, fear of
Fully aware of everything in their hearts, Our Lord appears and says: “Peace be to you” (v.36)
He wants to give them this gift He promised, the gift for which He died. He could have said:
“You no good, back-stabbing cowards. you all said you die for me but you cut and ran.” No, God
wants to give us this gift of Peace, the gift of Himself. That is why He came. He desires peace
within us more than we want it ourselves. Like the apostles, ignorance and fear often keeps
Christians from receiving this inheritance.
Jesus, did not promise us happiness, but He did promise peace—which is a more profound gift,
transcending anything inherited on earth. And brothers, as Jesus wished His Peace upon us, so
we should be a source and blessing of peace upon others. And we should wish this even upon
those have betrayed or disappointed us. Instead of calling others to justice, bring that spirit of
peace to all you encounter. Bestow it through your words, your kindness, your patience, and
A man’s words are very powerful. And you can be the bearer of peace by simply saying:
“Everything will be alright”: “We have nothing to fear”; “Let us remain calm”; “You are doing
fine”; the Lord is with you.” Phrases like this, at the right time, are very important and more
effective than you may realize.
Brothers, become the peace you have received; and you will have great impact.
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