When one ponders the statement, “There is only peace in ‘yes’,” its meaning may not be readily apparent until one ponders its opposite, “There is lack of peace in ‘no’.” In most cases there is conflict, or, at least friction, in “no”. In a disagreement or airing of dissimilar positions, it is amazing how quickly peace is brought about by agreement - by “yes”. Yet, of the two, why is “no” seemingly easier to say?
“No” is a control word. It’s a word we need to say sometimes to validate our own power. “Yes” leaves us vulnerable. It often gives control over us. It resigns the will, and what is being said here is that there is peace in that. There is peace in trust and resignation - both of which need a “yes”. “Yes” places one under the will of another, it negates self and is charged with loving unconditionally.
It is, therefore, scary to say “yes”. It demands spiritual courage to say “yes”. But it is the only reply. Your whole life was a “yes”, and Your life shows me how to live. Every manifestation of a “no” is an assertion of the “self”, of my will, of a flawed or lacking love - love with strings attached.
Here, obviously, we are talking not so much of the “yes” or “no” in answer to the question: “Did you put gas in the car?” as we are the “yes” or “no” we say to the spirit of Your will as it appears in our relations with others and with You. When, at Mass, Your words are spoken: “My peace I give you, My peace I leave with you,” the peace referred to is You Yourself. Your “yes” to us offers immeasurable peace if we but return it with a “yes” to You. And so, what You are saying when You say: “My peace I give you, My peace I leave with You,” is that You are our peace and saying “yes” to resting in You brings Your abiding peace to us.
It may seem puzzling at times, but the reality is that to say “yes” often means to accept, affirm, and to overlook. Saying “yes” to life and to love means affirming their worth and accepting them willfully, even eagerly. To say “yes” to suffering, or dropping attachments means overlooking the false importance of their opposites. All of this, in one lump, is a summary of what saying “yes” to You means.