What is the verbal expression of 19-3

Wording: Address by Pope Francis at the general audience

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“Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Today's catechesis is devoted to the Seventh Beatitude, that of the peacemakers proclaimed as children of God. I am glad that this catechesis comes just after Easter, because the peace of Christ is the fruit of his death and resurrection, as we heard in the reading of St. Paul. To understand this Beatitude we need to explain the meaning of the word peace, which can be misunderstood or at times belittled.

We have to distinguish between two ideas of peace: on the one hand there is the biblical idea in which the beautiful word shalom appears, which expresses abundance, prosperity, prosperity. If one wishes for a shalom in Hebrew, then one wishes for a beautiful, fulfilled, flourishing life, but also a life in truth and justice, which will be fulfilled in Messiah, the Prince of Peace (cf.Is 9: 6; Mk 5.4-5).

Jesus' peace is different

Then there is the other, more widespread sense, according to which the word peace is understood as a kind of inner calm; I am calm, I am at peace with myself. This is a modern, psychological and rather subjective notion. It is commonly thought that peace means calm, harmony, inner balance. This meaning of the word peace is incomplete and cannot be absolutized because unrest can be an important moment of maturation in life. Often it is the Lord himself who triggers unrest in us so that we can open up and meet him. In this regard, this is an important element of growth, whereas it can happen that the inner calm comes from lukewarmness, indifference, and maladjustment rather than real spiritual salvation. Often the Lord has to be a 'sign of contradiction' (cf. Lk 2,34-35) who shakes our false certainties in order to lead us to salvation. And at that moment it seems to us that we have no peace - but it is the Lord who leads us on this road, so that we can find the peace He gives us.

At this point we must remember that the Lord understands his peace differently from human peace when he says, 'Peace I leave you, my peace I give you; not as the world gives it, I give it to you ‘(John 14:27). The peace of Jesus is a different peace. Unlike the peace of the world.

Let us ask ourselves: How does the world create peace? When we think of armed conflicts, wars usually end in two ways: either with the defeat of either side or with peace treaties.

A third world war in pieces

We can only hope and pray that we will always take this second path; we must remember, however, that history is a never-ending series of peace agreements that have been revoked by subsequent wars or by transforming or relocating the original war.

Even in our time, a war is fought 'in pieces' in multiple scenarios and in different ways. We must at least suspect that in the context of a globalization composed mainly of economic and financial interests, the peace of one corresponds to the war of the other. This is not the peace of Christ!

True happiness: living as children of God

Instead, how does the Lord give His peace? We have heard Saint Paul say that the peace of Christ consists in “uniting the two parts” (cf. Eph 2:14), ending enmity and being reconciled. And the way to accomplish this work of peace is his body. For he reconciles all things and makes peace through the blood of his cross, as the apostle himself says elsewhere (cf. Col 1:20).

And here I ask myself, and we can all ask ourselves: So who are the peacemakers? The seventh Beatitude is the most active, the most explicitly effective; the verbal expression is similar to that used in the first verse of the Bible for creation and suggests initiative and diligence. By its very nature, love is always creative and seeks reconciliation at all costs. Those are called children of God who have learned and practice the art of peace, who know that there is no reconciliation without the surrender of one's life and that one must always seek peace. Always and definitely! Let's not forget that. So you have to look for him. This is not the fruit of one's own abilities, but an expression of the grace received through Christ (who is our peace), which has made us children of God.

The real one Shalom and the true inner equilibrium flows from the peace of Christ, which comes from the cross and brings forth a new humanity, embodied in an infinite host of inventive and creative saints who have always thought of new ways to love. This life as children of God who seek and find their brothers and sisters through the blood of Christ is true happiness. Blessed are they who walk this path.

Once again to all of you in the peace of Christ: Happy Easter! "

(vatican news - ck / sk)