GRATEFUL GIRL'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Four little words. As a Catholic, I say them at least once a week during Mass. And, if I'm considering it consciously, I probably utter a shortened version of the phrase several times a week.
Peace be with you.
A very simple yet profound and important concept from the wisest of men. Peace...be...with...you. Like, all of you - everybody. Sounds pretty easy, no?
Treat each other kindly; greet one another warmly; live together peacefully.
How can such a positive, hopeful, pleasant suggestion be such a tall order for countries, states, cities, neighbors -- heck, even family members sometimes? Heavy-hearted sigh.
It's clear that not very many of us can significantly impact the trajectory of peace on planet earth. Unfortunately, only a select few (relatively speaking) individuals can determine the global path to peace ... or the absence of it. Gulp.
But what we all CAN do is affect peace in our own little corners of the world. At work, in the community, around the neighborhood, in the mall -- at the dining room table, yo. Peace is an uncomplicated notion that should be innate; a reflex; a completely natural thing. The next time you feel the sting of anger welling up and threatening to wreck the tranquility of your world; stop...breathe...think. And say those four little words instead.
Ps 8:2ab and 5, 6-7, 8-9 - R. (2ab) O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth! R. Alleluia. O LORD, our Lord, how glorious is your name over all the earth! What is man that you should be mindful of him, or the son of man that you should care for him? R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth! You have made him little less than the angels, and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him rule over the works of your hands, putting all things under his feet. Alleluia, alleluia. This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it. Gospel Lk 24:35-48 The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way, and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread. While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you."