Somewhere I heard that peace is absence of war. I kind of agree with that, but peace is also so much more than it seems.
In Czech language we have two words for peace. One is “Mír” – which is absence of war. The other is “Pokoj” – which seems to be a state of tranquility and stillness, moment of calm, comfort and lack of worries.
But I do like the phrase: “Peace, absence of war.” Though we need to define what kind of war we mean. The most obvious is probably the absence of physical war, fighting and killing. But there are bigger wars than that. They rage inside our hearts. We are constantly in battle. Peace in the world will never come about from the outside. It must come from the inside; from the heart. That peace is a gift, gift from God.
Jesus said: “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you.” What is he giving us is the grace to stop the war inside our beings. This peace comes about, when spirit, mind, body and soul are in unity, rooted in Christ. In that peace we can find joy in any circumstances. We can find peace even in the middle of war. And we have a duty: “When you enter a house, first say: Peace to this house.”
We need to give out peace to all the peoples and through that we can change the world, we can stop wars – from the inside.
Let us pray then for peace in hearts of those who have none, peace in our hearts, our families, our nations, and peace in our world.