Gospel JN 14:23-29
Jesus said to his disciples:
"Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me.
"I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.
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."
+Come Holy Spirit, Come by the means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Thy well beloved spouse. Amen
“My Peace I give to you.” I love these Words. The Peace of Christ is a very different kind of “Peace” than oftentimes what the world would say it should be. It is a Peace that can be found even in the midst of conflict, or lack of order, or even absence of justice. The Peace of Christ is something very different. In the lives of the saints, we see the Beauty of this ‘kind of Peace’ in each of their lives. In the Acts of the Apostles, we see Stephen about to be stoned and his countenance radiates a kind of peace that looks like something; ‘like that of angel’ as he prays for those who are about to stone him. We see in the life of St. John Fisher, his tremendous composure as he walks to the the guillotine having prayed with total abandonment the ‘farewell discourse” of our Lord Jesus (Jn 17). In the life of St Therese we see her longing for God, her total abandonment in the final moments, in the midst of terrible pain, and her constant loving word spoken to Jesus in her final moments of life. The list goes on, we could look at many saints and many people presently in the world, living saintly lives and see this Peace.
They did not always experience justice, tranquility of order, nor absence of suffering. But they possessed something even greater….God. The Peace of Christ is the Presence of God. GOD present in the pain, injustice, suffering, trial, misunderstanding, misfortune. The Lord is the Prince of Peace, when He says to us: “My Peace I give you,” there is something more than just a ‘shaking of hands’ happening, (as we are familiar with in the Holy Mass). When He gives us His Peace, He gives us Himself. Abiding in this Peace is Abiding in Him, the source of all true Peace. He says to us: “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid:”, implying, that we can allow ourselves to ‘suffer’ in a way, He does not desire, and that is, without Him. We do this when we ‘move away from Him’ by living in our minds, our fears, our thoughts worrying and anxious but never drawing near to Him, seeking our solace, comfort and peace in His Presence.
Aspiration: Lord Jesus, I love you, let me live in you, at every moment. Amen.
Examen Point: Radical Abiding, what does that mean to me and how can I live it?