FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
MAY 4, 2021
EASTER TUESDAY 5
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. (John 14: 27)
How shall I live this Word?
In the narration of the Fourth Evangelist, Jesus speaks of peace only in the imminence of His crucifixion; and peace is the first word of His risen one, which has in itself the silent tone of forgiveness. And He specifies: I give you peace, ‘mine’. Which is different from the armistices of the world. It is paradoxical; it does not exempt but it traverses turmoil and passion. The act of giving it to the disciples is a creative action that they will understand only ‘later’, when they will face persecutions and dangers, in complete freedom. And the peace of Jesus in them will be the principle of pacification around them, through the word of forgiveness. The mystery of Easter peace is admirable!
Lord Jesus, when your hour came, You gave Your own peace, forgiving their dullness in advance, healing their troubles. Be close to us today too, and make us a living instrument of your peace!
The Voice of C. M. Martini, Pastor
It seems to me that the mystery of peace in very simple words could be expressed with the words of the angels in Bethlehem: “peace on earth to the those whom God loves”, and in the words of Jesus: “I leave you peace, I give you my peace.” Peace is a mystery, it belongs to God, it is a gift from God. So in the end, beyond any human effort, even of intelligence and will, it is always a gift that comes from above. It is a messianic gift. And therefore being the peace of God, it is peace with God. This is how the gift given to each one becomes communicative. God who forgives us and we who forgive others, this is the mystery of peace. Peace is not the simple absence of war but it is the work of the Most High. Peace is also the fruit of love that goes beyond all division. This is a sign of the peace of Christ which is perfect peace.
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