“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”
You may have noticed that many television newscasters have their own unique catch phrase to close a broadcast. For nearly 20 year, from 1962-81 Walter Cronkite would close the CBS Evening News by saying, “And that’s the way it is.” Cronkite was a newscaster that simply gave the news with no ‘fluff’ or extensive commentary. He gave the news, whether it was bad or good or somewhere in between…And that’s just the way it was.
On many days, it feels like we are living a ‘that’s the way it is’ reality. If we take in too much of the daily news or 24/7 information on social media, we can be overwhelmed with stories of violence, injustice, hatred, anger, pain, poverty and suffering. It is easy to struggle with those realities as just the way it is.
But, if in the midst of those realities we can hear Jesus speak peace, we will be better equipped to hold to Resurrection reality. In many Gospel stories, Jesus is reassuring his frightened disciples with words of peace such as the many times Jesus says, “Peace be with you.” Or, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”
The reality of the Resurrection offers us peace and hope and calm in the midst of the raging realities in life around us and in the world. Holding to Resurrection reality allows us to see what is often hard to see…new life, simple beauty, kindness, hope, purpose and community. Resurrection reality says God is with us in the midst of all things.
In these continued days of Easter, may we claim and hold to Resurrection reality as just the way it is!