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Tuesday of Fifth Week of Easter





Gospel Jn 14:27-31a

Jesus said to his disciples: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you,' I am going away and I will come back to you.' If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe. I will no longer speak much with you, for the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me, but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me."


REFLECTION

Jesus said to his disciples: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.


What does the word peace mean? According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, peace as a noun has four different meanings.

1. A state of tranquility or quiet

a. Freedom from civil disturbance

b. A state of security or order within a community

2. Freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions

3. Harmony in personal relations

4. a. A state or time of mutual agreement to end hostilities upon between governments


Basically, there are biblically three ways a person or group can experience peace. They are: peace with God, peace within yourself, and peace with others.


St. Paul experienced rejection and was dragged out of the city and stoned.(Acts 14:19-20) His disciples came to pick up his body and he jumped up to go with them to continue their mission to spread the Gospel. He told them that they will have to endure persecution Paul did not have fear, because he experienced the peace from our Lord Jesus Christ. He was devoted and filled with joy to continue to carry on the mission of spreading the "Gospel of Peace."


I remember meeting a gentleman who was so happy that his smile was contagious. He was joyful in his greetings to everyone in the doctor's office. He was genuinely friendly and wished for everyone he met to experience his joy. He asked everyone how they were feeling and he told us "God bless you" as he left the room. I believed that he was at peace with God, with himself, and with others he met.


If you are at peace with God, then you have peace within. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)


A peaceful heart lends us to be at peace even when someone offends us. If the one offended has a peaceful heart then they take on the responsibility of forgiveness with the offender. This reminds me of a quote I liked, "The heart of the matter is that it is a matter of heart."


May the peace of the Lord be with you all!


Shalom! Paz! Pace! Pax Christi!













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