Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Acts of the Apostles 14:19-28, Psalm 145:10-13, 21, & John 14:27-31
Very soon, it will be the season of farewells. For many young people, the month of May and June marks graduation for high schools and colleges. It is a time of mixed emotions; tears of joy mix with tears of sorrow or fear.
As friends say goodbye, the pain of separation rises to the surface; they search for just the right words of farewell, ways to “stay in touch,” and for something that will help them remember the one they have grown to know and even love.
Today, Jesus’ words form part of His “farewell discourse” in the Gospel narrative of Saint John. Here, too, the season of farewell comes with well-chosen words on the part of Jesus and confusion, if not outright fear, on the part of His beloved friends. However, true to human expectation, Jesus promises a farewell gift— “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”
How different this promise is from the ordinary parting words of wishing someone “Good luck “or “I hope everything works out for you.” Jesus’ promise of peace is not well-wishing. Rather, it is a promise of “presence.” Even more than the “shalom” of His Jewish heritage, Jesus’ promised peace foreshadows a change and an even more real relationship than had previously existed.
Friends, to be aware of peace at work in the depth of our hearts, deeper than changing surface feelings or even the stresses and strains of daily life, is to know the presence of the Risen Jesus. Wishing a friend peace in their life for the future is a beautiful thing.
The Lord Jesus offers us His “Risen Peace.”
Question of the Day: Will you take the time today to taste this precious gift that Jesus offers each one of us?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I carry You deep in my heart. Be with me until the end of my days. Amen.