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May 04, 2021

Jn 14: 27-31

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us be on our way.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

True peace of Christ

The peace that Jesus gives us is not the peace that the world gives us. The world makes false promises of peace. That we will finally be happy if we just buy the right house. That we will be at peace when we meet the love of our life. That if we just get that promotion, we will be at peace. While these things can bring great things into the world, they cannot on their own give us happiness or peace. By following Jesus we do not sign up for an easy life. Rather, we gain something more valuable. We know that when things do inevitably go wrong, Jesus is always there loving us and bearing our burdens with us. The peace that he gives is that regardless of what we’ve done or will do, he will love us and be with us always.

—Alex Hale, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic from the Midwest Province studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

 

Prayer

Jesus who is the way to peace, we know that you never stop loving us. Today grant that we may see your love in some concrete way, that we may give that love back to others. Amen.

—Alex Hale, SJ


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May 04, 2021

Jn 14: 27-31

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us be on our way.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

True peace of Christ

The peace that Jesus gives us is not the peace that the world gives us. The world makes false promises of peace. That we will finally be happy if we just buy the right house. That we will be at peace when we meet the love of our life. That if we just get that promotion, we will be at peace. While these things can bring great things into the world, they cannot on their own give us happiness or peace. By following Jesus we do not sign up for an easy life. Rather, we gain something more valuable. We know that when things do inevitably go wrong, Jesus is always there loving us and bearing our burdens with us. The peace that he gives is that regardless of what we’ve done or will do, he will love us and be with us always.

—Alex Hale, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic from the Midwest Province studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

 

Prayer

Jesus who is the way to peace, we know that you never stop loving us. Today grant that we may see your love in some concrete way, that we may give that love back to others. Amen.

—Alex Hale, SJ


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