well Fay. These goodbye’s are tough, what was, is no more, and what has been, is replacedith different, and unknown.w This short section from the Farewell discourse today is not part of a speech or apublic pronouncement, nor was these first hearers the crowds of curious bystanders thathad followed Jesus from time to time. Jesus was saying farewell to his friends, it was aprivileged conversation, and it leaves the disciples feeling just like we feel, when we hearor say Farewell. Empty, abandoned; and where is the hope of a future we can not see ormeasure.
who wrote under the pen name of George Eliot wrote “Only in theagony of parting do we look into the depths of love.” Even though Jesus has been sayinggoodbye for several chapters, each time a little different, each way restating his leaving yetthe disciples don’t seem to want to accept what they can not see or measure a horizon of faith without Jesus. But Jesus knows only in the agony of parting will they really be able tolook into the depths of the love Jesus is speaking of, and fully understand what Jesus isoffering, as he says Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.The worldly definition of peace is most often framed in a negative, it is normallydefined as "the absence of conflict." Someone accepts defeat, someone rules in conquest.Peace is "won" or "declared" or "established." As agreements are signed they are almostalways regarded as "hard won" and "fragile."
The price of peace seems to be unendingvigilance. When nations send troops into a conflict, they are called "peacekeepers."
As Christ bids fare well and offers in its place peace, no longer is peace the absenceof something; peace now becomes the living presence of God in our lives.The presence of all the creative forces and fulfilled freedoms of the gospel, thispeace is given to us, not "as the world gives," that is, with hedges and hold-outs and half-truths. Christ's peace is the unwavering assurance that God who breathed life into Jesus,ants to breathe life into us.w In our worship today, and in nearly every service we share the peace. It normallyoccurs after the prayer we say together, The Prayer of Confession. I close our communaloffering with words that remind us where sin is forgiven; and a new community of peace isnot only possible but becomes reality. The gift of peace becomes an opening for love,forgiveness, reconciliation and thanksgiving.Jesus offers a different understanding of peace and he connects it to an expandedspiritual horizon. As Jesus is united with God, the community will be connected to theHoly Spirit. What was God breathing in Jesus, will become the Holy Spirit breathing inChristians. A time for God to be born again-not in one body but in a body of believers.
Goodbye is a shortened form of "God be with you."
Adios means 'to God' our lives are in his keeping.
And vaya con dios means 'go with God.'