“Peace is what I leave with you;
it is my own peace that I give you.
I do not give it as the world does.”
– John 14:27 (GNT)
On our Lord’s lips
this common greeting of peace acquires its deepest meaning.
The peace which Jesus gives us
completely transcends the peace of the world,
which can be superficial and misleading
and compatible with injustice.
The peace of Christ is, above all, reconciliation with God
and reconciliation of men with one another.
It is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
St. Augustine tells us that Christ’s peace is
“serenity of mind,
tranquility of soul,
simplicity of heart,
a bond of love,
a union of charity:
no one can inherit God if he does not keep His testament of peace,
or live in unity with Christ if he is separated from Christianity.”
The peace which Christ brings to those of us who have full hope in Him,
and it fills us with deep, inner joy.
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
Give me Your peace, O Lord, that my heart may rest in You,
and my spirit be stirred and renewed, and filled with joyful hope.