Jesus gives us an interesting approach to the gift of peace (Mt. 10:12-13), which is both comforting and challenging. Every believer is invited to ponder the following: 1. I can only give a gift if I have it. I can only impart peace if I am at peace. Since Jesus is the ultimate source of peace, then in order for me to be in a state of peace, I must be open to His grace and gift of peace by keeping connected with Him through prayer, scripture and the sacraments. I bear peace by abiding in Him (Jn. 15:4). 2. This gift of peace is meant to be shared. To every individual and home I encounter, I am to pronounce peace. It is only in a peaceful environment that harmony and unity can be built. It is when my heart and mind are in a peaceful zone that I am able to authentically channel the peace that flows from Jesus my Lord (Jn. 20:21). 3. The clincher is that although I am sent to be a messenger of peace, this does not mean it will be embraced by a person or household who exhibits a mindset of war. People who are in a place of darkness will reject the light of peace. Their restless hearts, unstable minds and twisted reality will cause my peace to return to me (Mt. 10:13). Believers must strive to be a people of peace in all circumstances and encounters of life. This is how we reveal that we are children of God (Mt. 5:9). Lord Jesus, pour Your gift of peace on me. May Your Spirit help me to manifest peace to all people in my life so that Your kingdom of love and joy can be advanced. Amen.