Posted by: livingscripture | April 30, 2013

Fifth Tuesday of Easter

From the 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: 27-31)

            

 

How should we live this Word?teaching 3

In the context of the discourse at the Last Supper, Jesus’ words truly sound like a precious testament and inheritance.  But what is peace?  Peace is the harmony of order and the absence of tensions and conflicts.  This is how the ancient philosophers defined it.

However, the history of the world has been almost always the history of wars and violent disorders.  Why?  Jesus says, “My peace I give to you…Not as the world gives do I give it to you.”  Actually, those who are worldly, the followers of the law of egoism, make peace consist in seeking only material well-being for themselves.

However, this worldly peace is not peace at all but passivity.   One seeks to be as well as possible by obtaining every commodity for oneself.  They care absolutely nothing about others.  This is why serious disorders are found in various societies.  There are those who enrich themselves more and more because they love a false peace.  Then there are those who, because of this greed, suffer and cannot live in peace and even die of hunger.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will seek the Peace that is Jesus and let go of all selfishness that makes me ignore the suffering of others.  I will do what I can to meet the needs of those around me and thus be a bearer of Christ’s peace to all I meet. 

Lord, I ask You, help me to understand that the road to peace begins with justice and radiantly continues with attention to the poor, to sharing, to the practice of charity.

The Voice of Pope Paul VI

 To have true peace, we need to give it a soul.  The soul of peace is love.


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