“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
– John 14:27 (NIV)
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.
Therefore “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…” (Col 3:15)
Give me Your peace, O Lord!