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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 21, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

One of the most precious gifts our Lord Jesus Christ grants us is His peace. Peace that we often long for, but search in the wrong places and are never able to find. If we do find some form of reprieve, it never lasts. Where are you peace of my heart? Where are you peace of mind? We hear ourselves calling out instead of simply turning to our Lord.

Our Lord Jesus gave us a truth as well as a promise when He said, ‘Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.’ Such is the Lord’s peace which St Paul carried in His heart for after being beaten and left for dead, he rose up to continue with His mission. He felt the loving embrace of God that filled his heart with His peace and joy. And this very Peace is offered to all of us, God our Father’s children.

Let nothing and no one rob us of this Peace. God our Father is greater than anyone! Therefore the prince of this world has no hold over us. Amen Alleluia!

First reading

Acts 14:19-28 †
They gave an account of how God had opened the door of faith to the pagans

Some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium, and turned the people against the apostles. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the town, thinking he was dead. The disciples came crowding round him but, as they did so, he stood up and went back to the town. The next day he and Barnabas went off to Derbe.
Having preached the Good News in that town and made a considerable number of disciples, they went back through Lystra and Iconium to Antioch. They put fresh heart into the disciples, encouraging them to persevere in the faith. ‘We all have to experience many hardships’ they said ‘before we enter the kingdom of God.’ In each of these churches they appointed elders, and with prayer and fasting they commended them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.
They passed through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia. Then after proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia and from there sailed for Antioch, where they had originally been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now completed.
On their arrival they assembled the church and gave an account of all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith to the pagans. They stayed there with the disciples for some time.

Gospel

John 14:27-31
A peace the world cannot give is my gift to you

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give,
this is my gift to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me say: I am going away, and shall return.
If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am going to the Father,
for the Father is greater than I.
I have told you this now before it happens,
so that when it does happen you may believe.
I shall not talk with you any longer,
because the prince of this world is on his way.
He has no power over me,
but the world must be brought to know
that I love the Father
and that I am doing exactly what the Father told me.’