The idea of peace gets thrown around a lot. During mass, the priest says several times, “Peace be with you.” Or “Peace on earth to men of good will.” The intentions at mass often include praying for peace.
But, what are we really talking about when it comes to “Peace?”
When we hear “peace,” several images might come to mind – bumper stickers, tie-dye shirts, etc. Or, peace as in a state of nonviolence, peace between nations. In our own lives, peace can be a feeling. We feel peace about a decision, etc. But, there’s a little bit more to it than just that.
Peace is defined as “the tranquility of order.” We experience peace as a result of living ordered toward God’s will. It’s not just a feeling, but it’s a product of living a certain way.
While we want to experience peace in our own lives, and bring that peace to others, that middle step is often overlooked (order). Many of us have probably felt this before when we don’t feel peace about a decision – something feels off, it’s out of order. That tranquility is lost.
So, when we’re talking about peace, there are a few things to keep in mind. The path to peace in our lives passes through order. The goal is to live lives ordered toward God. And in doing so, we not only bring peace into our own lives, but more importantly, we bring glory to God.
“Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”
Be the Men.