Sixth Sunday of Easter
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.”
This part of John's Gospel comes at the beginning of Jesus’ long farewell discourse at the Last Supper. He is going to die the following day and so Jesus instructs his Apostles that true discipleship is neither shaped by His physical presence or physical absence, but by God's abiding spiritual presence through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
It happens that through loving God with our whole heart, and by obeying Jesus by whose generosity that we have life eternal, the Godhead makes his home within us! For the Apostles this presence would overcome any anxiety about Jesus’ Ascension and would help them discover that the present holds in it the seeds of a fresh future shaped by the Love of God indwelling their hearts.
The peace Jesus speaks of is His gift to us and is not of this world. Such peace brings us the contentment of God through being one with God.
So, we must ask ourselves; do we know that peace? On what are we building our lives? Do we squander the Lord’s gift of peace by watching morning TV or do we cultivate it through morning prayer, for example?
In this present culture errors of judgment consume our lives, distracting us from what is important. Often we think money and status—such as that of the Alan Bond 's’ or Kim Kardashian 's’ or Paris Hilton 's’ of this world—will bring contentment and peace. Foolishness and nonsense!
If you desire true contentment you will know real peace because the Lord promises it to us. "If anyone loves me he will keep my word and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him or her.” Real peace is that which the world cannot give because it comes from a life lived in loving union with God.
Like the Apostles that person will possess a supernatural peace. An inner calm will dominate the heart. A disciple of Christ knows peace—their heart and mind are “guarded” by it—despite the tempest raging without.
Today Josephine is about to receive another incredible gift from God. Our possession of God is never more than when we have communion with the Lord through receiving His Body and Precious Blood. Let us stand to profess our faith and then pray for Josephine on the day of her 1st Holy Communion and for her family, and for the needs of this community.