Posted by: livingscripture | May 5, 2015

Fifth Tuesday of Easter

From the Word of the Day 

“I leave you my peace; I give you my peace. Not as the world gives it do I give it to you.”   

(John 14: 27)

How should we live this WordJesus_039_small

 Jesus has given us the gift of His peace that comes from union with God, from reconciliation with the Blessed Trinity.  In a word, from feeling we are loved and forgiven by God.  It is only with a pacified heart that we can accept others, ask pardon, smile even at those who have done us harm.

The ancient philosophers defined peace as the harmony of order, the absence of conflicts, and yet, how many wars there have been in the course of history!  Too often, the ‘world’s’ peace consists in seeking material well-being, in being comfortable, in pacifism at any cost, and in wanting a quiet life.  The great wars are the result of many small conflicts in the family, in the workplace, in traffic that we experience every day and that we amplify more and more.

The first will for peace must rise from our hearts, silencing our egoism and the dark and violent side that exists in us, avoiding always insisting on our point of view, refusing dialogue.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus for the true spirit of peace, the peace that only He can give.

O Lord, give me Your peace, the fruit of Your love that has eliminated sin, the origin of violence and discord.  Give me the courage to spread peace where there are wars and conflicts and to be in solidarity with those who work for concord and harmony among people.

The Voice of Dalai Lama, Man of Peace

If we want to build peace in the world, we must first build it within each of ourselves.

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