22 May 2022

WORD of the DAY 

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.
(John 14: 27)

How shall I live this Word?  

Before, peace was given to us through the blessing that priests could dispense following the indications that Moses received from God, as reported in the book of Numbers 6,26 “May the Lord turn his face upon you and grant you peace”. Now, thanks to Jesus, peace is given to us directly by the Lord but with a clarification, not the peace of the world, but His. While on the surface the sea is agitated but, in its depths, it is calm, so if we enter the depths of our hearts the peace of the Lord allows us to live the agitated situations of life without disturbance. The Lord places His peace in the heart if we adhere to His teachings through the daily reading of His word in prayer. Thus, we could live in ourselves the text of Ezekiel 3:26 “I will give you a new heart, I will put a new spirit within you, I will take away from you the heart of stone and I will give you a heart of flesh.” The heart of stone is the one that continually seeks the tranquility of the world through power, money, roles, objects, and more. Only in its silence before God will the new spirit reveal to us the attitudes that it can take away from us with our collaboration in order to experience His peace.

Lord, help me to abandon all that prevents Your peace from emerging in me.

The Voice of Pope Francis, Homily 21 May 2019

“Peace is the ‘great gift of Jesus’. ‘Peace I leave you, my peace I give you’ is the precious treasure that distinguishes a Christian. It is true peace, not banal tranquility, but ‘profound’ peace, the one that makes the heart smile even during all the trials, all the difficulties, all the tribulations that one encounters in life”


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