May 17, Tuesday, Fifth Week of Easter
Daily Readings: Acts 14: 19-28, Psalm 145: 10-13. 21, John 14:27-31
The world is filled with war and violence. Therefore, finding and experiencing peace is difficult. But we must consider how Jesus brings peace to the world. We need sacrifice, cooperation, and prayer to establish peace.
Jesus is a source of peace and joy. He brings peace to the world. He is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace" (N.B. Isaiah 9:6). The birth of Jesus brings peace to the world for all, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests" (Lk. 2:14).
He speaks out about peace and gives an assurance not to be afraid, which we have listened to from today’s gospel—“I leave my peace with you; I give you my peace. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid" (Jn. 14:27).
In the same way, he gave greetings of peace to his disciples after his resurrection. "Peace be with you" (Jn. 20:19b). We can see that Jesus is the source of peace. He gives peace, not like in this world. His peace is the situation of the union of humankind with God.
The Hebrew word for "peace" is shalom. It is often used to indicate calm and tranquility in individuals, groups, and nations. On the cross, Jesus wants to give everlasting peace.
The paschal mystery (suffering, death, and resurrection) of Jesus provides eternal peace, and the world cannot give this peace. And there is the ultimate fulfillment of the work of Christ, "Prince of Peace."
The world is filled with war and violence. So, it is not easy to find lasting peace. Therefore, we need to work for peace through sacrifice, sharing, and prayer. But we have to look at how Jesus brings peace to the world.
Let’s all become messengers of peace in our lives, homes, and workplaces.
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