Gospel – 5/12/20 – John 14:27-31A
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you,
‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me,
you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe.
I will no longer speak much with you,
for the ruler of the world is coming.
He has no power over me,
but the world must know that I love the Father
and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”
Today, Jesus says, “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you.”
Just reading that it seems so simple. But it isn’t. It is hardly ever what it seems when Jesus speaks.
He says, “Not as the world gives do I give it to you.”
Put those together and you get that He means something deeper. Peace of this world can mean free of conflict – not being at odds, no struggles. But Jesus is saying “His” peace. He’s not saying you won’t have struggles – we all have struggles. But, Jesus says if we believe in Him, do as he tells us, then He will be with us in those struggles. We have no fear, we have true peace.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…