Capsule for the Day
He came to them with open wounds; see my side... put your hand here... these are my wounds... this is what happened to me, but this is what I choose to give back "Peace be with you". As the Father has sent me to bring peace and heal wounds, so I am sending you. Peace be with you!
Why didn't He try to get even with those who hurt Him; those who deserted Him; those who denied Him; those who betrayed Him? Why this gift of Peace? Why this gift of freedom from guilt, and freedom to be fully who we are - Shalom? Why did He choose to heal and not hurt in return?
The answer is simple... He has risen. Now, He transcends evil and its mechanisms of malice, bitterness and revenge; and He has destroyed the hostility of sin and evil through forgiveness and the gift of peace. Thus, He calls us and sends us to go and do same; to heal wounds as He did.
Fr. Francis Afu