Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter
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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.”
Peace I leave with you. It’s no secret. Much like the Church today, the early Church faced stiff opposition from all sectors of society. But rather than being discouraged, like so many in the Church today, the followers of Jesus continued to preach the Word by word and example, and to continued to give testimony of the Word by their blood, sweat and tears.
As Romans crucified them and Jews expelled them, Christians around the world took comfort in the words their Savior gave to them:
“As the Father loves me, so I love you…” (cf. Jn 15:9)
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Have faith in God; have faith in me…” (cf. Jn 14:1)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you…” (Jn 14:27)
And the Christian communities continued to thrive and grow.
Not as the world gives do I give to you. So what is the difference between Christ’s peace and the world’s peace? The Lord’s peace is real. It’s honesty. He backs it up with His life.
A while back I read a news article about a Dallas woman who was reluctant to go on a roller coaster at Six Flags. Her family and friends assured her that everything would be just fine. Well, the woman got on it and tragically fell off it. She died instantly.
Who are we to tell anyone that everything will be okay? Am I God? Now we all know this was a freak accident, but that’s not the point. The point is: How often do we give people a false sense of security in the things we cannot change and even in the things we can change!
“Oh, don’t worry about it. Everything will be just fine.”
“I forgive you.”
“Nothing bad is going to happen. Trust me.”
Why do we do this? I think it’s because we like to play God rather than pray to God. It’s easier to play “Mr. Know-It-All” rather than pray to the All-Knowing God.
Jesus was being completely honest and frank to His disciples when He said to them: “If you wish to come after me, then pick up your cross and follow me” (cf. Lk 9:23) and “If they hated me, then they will hate you. If they persecuted me, then they will persecute you” (cf. Jn 15:18-20).
He was also being honest with them when He said: “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.”
He backed His words with His return. And that is the only reason why He ever returned. (0)
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