Tuesday of Fifth Week of Easter
Readings: Acts; 14:19-28, John 14:27-31
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus! Today we come to the final phase of Jesus’ farewell discourse. He is with his dear friends and he speaks from the depths of his heart to them. Though he is facing into his Passion, he wants his friends to know that he is with them and that his father is with them. As we heard in the Gospel today, Jesus’ parting wish is ‘Peace!’ But what is so special about wishing peace at this moment? His gift of peace is not a state, but a relationship. It is the fruit of deeply abiding in him. This relationship will never fail. It will enable the disciples to endure suffering and rejection as we see in their life later. The peace that Jesus promises is not an escape from trouble like the peace that the world gives, but rather the courage to face it calmly. Let us remember that as he spoke these words of peace, he was walking out to Gethsemane and his passion.
Dear friends let us make a loving prayer to Jesus: Lord, this is the peace I seek: that in this global crisis of Covid-19 and in all the other tribulations of my life, enable to face sorrow and pain without the overwhelming fear that all is lost. Jesus! Bless me with your peace. It makes me feel reassured and secure. Dear friends let us draw strength and energy from his word today, for the peace that Jesus gives, however, is followed by an invitation to get up and go.