Glorious Cross April 29
Go in the peace of Christ, alleluia, alleluia (Dismissal, Easter Sunday).
The drama of salvation had delayed a long time from the moment of the encounter between Adam and the serpent. For centuries and centuries, the dialogue between God and humanity happened in moments of advance and relapse. The actors were both faithful and unfaithful men and women, charismatic saints and sinners, kings and peasants. The events experienced included slaveries and liberations, covenants and rebellions, heroism and cowardice, reward and punishment. The old man in the Temple, aware of all this history, eagerly awaited the Messiah. One day, moved by the Spirit, he had the greatest encounter of his life. Here was the infant in his arms! He sang out his peace. For Simeon, the salvation drama had arrived at its peak and he sensed already the harmony in the universe, in society, in the heart—the fruit of salvation. Where once there were cosmic disturbances, there was now heavenly peace. Where once there was a world abandoned to human malice, there was now fraternal love. Where once there was the sinner’s alienation from God, there was now restoration in grace. Finally Simeon saw the messianic peace in the infant he held. The old man symbolizes the human heart in the peace of the Spirit. “Now, O Lord, you can dismiss your servant in peace. . . . For my eyes have seen your salvation” (Lk. 2:29-30). What comes from Christ Risen are profound personal tranquility and ever-present social harmony.
If the chief goes with you, you will govern in peace. (Lega)