…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4.7
The Peace that we share in the Eucharist is just a glimpse, a ritualised expression of a greater peace that we long for as the people of God. In the Hebrew Scriptures this peace is Shalom - a wholeness, a completeness, a healing for humanity and for all of creation - the place where God is all in all, and the life in all its fullness that Jesus refers to is brought into its greatest expression. It’s a promise that, as Mother Julian of Norwich - medieval mystic and visionary - said, ‘All will be well and all manner of things shall be well.’
But this glimpse, this symbolic expression of peace is not just an expression of a distant hope - a ‘one day’ when everything will be made better. It is a foretaste of the peace we are called to live and to be. We commit ourselves to being and becoming people of peace. We find that peace in the love which we have for God and for one another, for the created world and for all the people in it. It is a peace not to be confined to church buildings or rituals, but a peace to be lived into. We find that peace through the assurance of being completely and utterly loved by God, and knowing God’s love for all created things, a love which draws us into a sense of wholeness, the Shalom which is the foundation of the life we find in and through Christ. It is a peace that calls us, that draws us, that seeks us, and that inspires us.