Embracing the Way of Peace
Embracing the Way of Peace
How are we to live as the disciples of the Risen Jesus in a world with very contrasting realities? Let us allow our footsteps to meet those of Jesus in hospitality, mercy, and peace.
Hospitality means entering into the deepest human condition, open to the other person, just as they are, learning to be hospitable; being guests of Jesus and extending hospitality to Jesus in the other person. It is entering into the mystique of the Visitation; visiting and being visited provides a unique inner movement of setting out on a journey, sharing dreams and expectations. It is giving hospitality to the suffering reality of thousands of immigrants and refuges, to children without the possibility of a childhood, to women who are victims of violence, who live in hunger, thirst, exclusion, fear, insecurity, and death. It is giving hospitality to the Word present in another person and desiring that it re-echo in us as we commit ourselves to a co-existence that includes everyone in the right to life. It means welcoming dialogue and living it as prophecy today, in God’s mercy that we experience in our life. It is God who bends down to us with untiring benevolence, in a commitment to assume God’s style with everyone: “Be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful with you” (Luke 6, 36). The face of this world marked by exclusion and the interests of the marketplace could change if we travel the frontiers of Gospel forgiveness and compassion. The personal experience of God’s mercy becomes a strong appeal to us to move compassionately toward those with whom we share daily life. “With our gaze fixed on Jesus and his merciful face, we will be able to accept the love of the Holy Trinity” and the invitation of Pope Francis to live the grace of the Jubilee of Mercy.
In peace, the cry that comes from the inner human heart and from the earth moves us to protect and fight for the inalienable right to peace, committing oneself to healing the causes of indifference, of war, and death and to educate for peace and co-existence to build a society founded on mutual respect for differences, on sustainable development, on the care of Mother Earth as a home that is safe and may be lived in by all.
Peace is possible as a shared mission, in collaboration with the Spirit of God, by building networks of cooperation in the search for understanding among all people, setting aside personal interests for the common good, for a sustainable, ethical economy, and of communion in solidarity. Dialogue is one possible way to peace because it refines the sensitivity that helps us to perceive the reality of the other person, to place ourselves in their shoes.
Continuing to live in the Easter Season and deciding to embrace the way of light, we assume a conduct that is coherent with the Gospel, traveling the way of hospitality-co-existence, mercy, and compassion, peace and dialogue, as credible signs of the presence of the Love of the Resurrected for new times.How are we to live as the disciples of the Risen Jesus in a world with very contrasting realities? Let us allow ---- our footsteps to meet those of Jesus in hospitality, mercy, and peace.