Tuesday of the 5th Week of Easter

John 14:27-31

Gift of Peace


Whenever I find myself feeling indifferent or estranged from God, I am not at peace with myself. Consequently I always feel impatient, at odds with everyone. Surprisingly,  the things that attract me in people and in nature seem, at these times, to lose their beauty and meaning.

On the other hand, after attending an enriching spiritual renewal and retreat, I am always happy, inspired and peaceful. Feeling richly blessed and dearly loved by a Great and merciful God, I am transformed. I am at peace with myself, with everyone and with everything around me. It becomes easier to love the unlovable, to have peace with the troublemaker. It becomes possible to be always loving and to be a peacemaker at all times and under all circumstances. (Sr. Ma. Melanie, SSpS, Bible Diary 2002)


Letting go is a painful reality. This holds true in any form of detachment. More so in the case of someone who is dear to us, one who has become a source of our security.

Such was the dilemma of the apostles with Christ. Christ became their main source of security and allowing Him to leave would ruin their hopes for a better future. However, Christ challenged them to let go of Him. Two points, I believe, Christ wanted them to realize. First, it is only by letting Him go that they could start with their own lives. Second, it is by His leaving that the reality of His eternal presence will be bestowed upon them.

We share the same struggle the apostles had. More often than not, we tend to cling unto things valuable to us. Much more with people important in our life. Like the apostles, we are also confronted with fear and pain in responding to the call of letting go. But Christ emphatically says that it is only by allowing Him to go that we receive the promise of His eternal presence – the Holy Spirit, indeed, the greatest gift we ought to possess should we really wish to follow Him.

It is a radical and a painful act to let go but Christ assures us that it is the only way to inner peace – peace that gives us a sense of focus and the real freedom to serve and to offer our life to Him. (Frt. Samuel N. Agcasas, SVD Bible Diary 2004)


I’ve read a story about group of children playing ‘war games’ in one troubled country. They were shooting each other with toy guns. A stranger passed by and noticed what the children were playing. He called the children and told them that instead of playing “war games” they should rather play “peace games” for a change. The children were puzzled. One of them asked the stranger, “How do you play peace game?’

There is no doubt that peace is the deepest need of every person in the world today. It is a word easy to spell, a word easy to pronounce and a word easy to preach but hard to achieve.

The message of peace was so central in the life of our Lord Jesus. He preached, spoke, and addressed many with the words of peace: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you,” which we find in today’s gospel.

Jesus didn’t only preach it but He really worked for it and lived it. To the sinner, He gave the peace of forgiveness to his soul; to the sick, he gave the peace of physical healing and to the poor, he gave the peace of his presence and hope in their misery.

What is peace? Is it a condition free from war? Is it a state of being free from resentment and hatred? St. Augustine has a beautiful description of peace. According to him, peace means the following: The first is “The serenity of the mind,” that is, allowing Jesus to take control of our thoughts, our fears and our worries. The second is “the simplicity of the heart” that is, being contented with what we have and what we have received as gifts from God, and finally, the third is the “tranquillity of the soul” that is, being fully reconciled with God and others.

Is this the state of our life at present? If not, it is about time to turn to God and pray the same prayer that the priest always recite during the Mass, “Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles, I leave you peace my peace I give you. Look not on our sins but on the faith of your church and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom where you live forever and ever.” (Fr. Gerry Donato, SVD Bible Diary 2006)


In her first days of pre-school, Rosalyn would cry the moment her mom was out of sight. One day her mom told her: “Rosalyn, I love you and I know you love me too. Take this handkerchief with the scent of my favorite perfume to school. Every time you don’t see me, just hold this handkerchief and smell my perfume and it’s as if I am with you. You need not cry because I really need not leave you.” And it worked! From then on, Rosalyn started to learn how to be on her own and enjoyed going to school.

In the gospel today Jesus gave His apostles parting gift, the gift of peace. Peace is the assurance of His abiding presence. The disciples felt the fear, for they believed that the Lord, through the Holy Spirit, will never leave them. With faith in the Lord, they lived with joy and suffered in peace.

It is in God’s presence that we experience peace. Where God wants you to be or wants you to do, God holds you safe and gives you peace, not only of the mind but your whole being.

In whatever we do, we ask ourselves is this what God wants me to do? Discerning the answers to these questions challenges our faithfulness and spirituality. The deeper our faith and spirituality, the more we are given the grace to be able to discern whether we are walking God’s track or not. Our Lord assures us that for as long as we turn to Him, He will never leave us.

Living in the presence of God gives us peace even in pain, in trials and difficulties. St. Therese once said: “The word peace does not mean joy, at least felt joy; it is to suffer in peace, to will whatever Jesus wills.” In these trying times, our Lord teaches us to surrender everything to Him and to persevere for His greater glory. There is no reason to be afraid; by God’s grace and mercy, peace will reign in our hearts. (Fr. Cris Cordero, SVD Bible Diary 2007)


In 1979, Mother Teresa of Calcutta received the Nobel Peace Award for her extraordinary works of mercy for the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta, India. Mother Teresa’s works had a transcendental effect on the people of the world regardless of religion, ideology and race. But she had her share of criticism too. Those with “liberationist leanings” said that instead of liberating people from misery and poverty, she was doing the opposite – perpetuating the miseries of these people! Despite the opposition, she went about doing her work in the spirit of humility coupled with a prayerful life. No wonder her aura exuded serenity and peace.

The word peace (shalom in Hebrew) is a common Jewish formula for greeting and farewell. It is an expression of the harmony and communion with God that was the seal of Covenant (Num 6:26). Thus, it carries an eschatological and messianic meaning (Is. 9:6), virtually the same as ‘salvation.’ It is the spiritual tranquillity that Christ gives, which has no resemblance to what the world gives. Because it is Christ who gives peace. He is called our ‘peace,’ (Eph 2:14).

In Jerusalem, a female news reporter heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Wailing Wall to pray twice a day for a long time. So she went to check it out. And there he was! She watched him pray and after forty five minutes, when he turned to leave, she rushed in for an interview. “I’m Rachel Mier from CNN. Sir, how long have you been coming to the Wall and praying?” ‘For about sixty years now,” he replied. “Sixty years! That’s amazing! What do you pray?” asked the reporter. The old Jew replied: “I pray for peace between the Jews, Muslims and the Christians. I pray for all the hatred to stop and I pray for all our children to grow up in safety and friendship.” “How do you feel after doing this for sixty long years?” the reporter asked enthusiastically. He replied: “I feel like I’m talking to a stone wall.”

Indeed only the spirit of Christ that real peace can be attained. (Fr. Joseph Suson, SVD Bible Diary 2008)


April 26, 2016 Tuesday

If you are troubled and worried, Jesus’ GOOD NEWS is for you: “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” “Come to Me,” Jesus invites us, “all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest“ (Mt. 11:28). God is bigger than our troubles, worries, and fears.

Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you.” He is giving us peace of mind and heart, telling us to REJOICE, and be HAPPY. He says, “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.” Jesus has risen from the dead and conquered sin. Though he is going back to God the Father he is leaving us with His peace. Jesus says, “My peace I give to you.” And as a result, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Mt. 5:9).

Jesus invites us, “Get up!” An invitation to rise up with Him from our fallen situations – our miseries, problems, and sinfulness. To His apostles, He says, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have” (Lk 24:38-39). Jesus is indeed victorious over sin and death.

Jesus invites us again, “Let’s go!” An invitation to participate in His mission. Before Jesus ascends into heaven, He commands His apostles, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Mt. 28: 19-20).

This is Jesus’ promise – I am with you always. Hence, we should not be troubled and afraid. (Fr. Ferdinand Alfante, SVD CT, Manila Bible Diary 2016)



My Reflection for Tuesday May 20, Fifth Week of Easter; John 14:27-31a – Reflection: What is this peace that Jesus mentions to us in the gospel? It’s the peace that no one in this world could ever give us. We cannot find this peace with worldly power or riches. Because the more worldly power and riches we have the more that we’ll have no peace in our heart.

Many of us think that we will have peace by having power and wealth that’s why we aspire for it! We don’t even care if we sin as long as we could have this corrupted wealth and power. But we must be wary for the reason that the devil has always a concession for us to have immoral wealth and power and the concession is sin.  And by accepting the offer of the devil we are permanently under the devil’s devious spell until we die and we end-up in hell.

On the contrary, Jesus offers us His peace. Peace that no amount of worldly power and wealth could measure-up.  Peace that will keep us permanently away from sin and peace that will plant contentment in our hearts. Therefore we must embrace this peace that Jesus offers us.

Do you already have the peace of Jesus in your heart?   (Marino J. Dasmarinas)



Reflection for May 5, Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter; John 14:27-31a Reflection: Can we be vehicles of peace in this world? Yes we can certainly be! This could happen if we are not quick to pass judgement. If we are forgiving, if we are ready to reach out and let bygones be bygones.  We are free when we are always peaceful. We are free from the devil’s control who is the primary sower of hatred in our lives. And we are free from anything that is not good.

The beauty of being vehicles of peace is we allow Jesus to become an active part of our lives. This is for the reason that Jesus Himself lived a life of peace. Jesus choose peace instead of hatred and Jesus choose peace instead of revenge.

In the gospel for this Tuesday, Jesus said to His disciples; peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you (John 14:27). Let us own and accept this peace being offered by Jesus because this peace is also for us.

Prayer: Thank you O Lord for the gift of peace: Heal my family, deliver me from hatred and fear. Let your peace take root and grow in my heart. So that through you I could also become a vehicle of peace. Amen. – Marino J. Dasmarinas



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Reflection for April 26 Tuesday of Fifth Week of Easter John 14:27-31a

Reflection: Do you allow the peace of Jesus to reign in your heart?

There are cynical people whose thoughts are always on the negative side of life. They always have their own negative interpretations for every incident that happens. For us believers regardless of what unfolds we will be calm and always at peace because we have Jesus. There may be incidents that will temporarily jolt us but after a while we will be back to our normal peaceful selves.

In the gospel Jesus told his disciples: “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 (John 14:27).

In this gospel episode Jesus is telling his disciples that whatever things that may happen to him in the unfolding days. They need to be calm and peaceful because he is still with them. The invincible presence of Jesus within them gives them calmness and peace. Calmness and peace that this world could not give them.

The peace that Jesus gives is something that you will also experience. If you’re always connected with Jesus by means of frequent attendance at Mass, frequent reception of the Body of Christ,  frequent and humble submission to the Sacrament of Confession and through your regular prayer life.

Do you have peace in your life? – Marino J. Dasmarinas



THE SCENT OF VICTORY: “Let not your hearts be troubled…” – John 14:27

Do you believe that you will receive the blessings of God today?

It’s true. As I look out the window, I see tall trees swaying in the wind. I can hear the birds chirping and singing beautiful melodies. I can feel the gentle wind brushing against my face. My husband stands beside me. We both look out the window, enjoying the serenity of each other’s love.

As I write this reflection, some concerns are uppermost in my mind. I’m worried about a very close friend with cancer who is right now struggling for her life. I’m thinking about some family members who need to undertake a major project soon but might not have enough resources to complete it. Matthew, my husband, and I recently made a major decision in our life. It was something we needed to do but the decision opened the door of uncertainty. However, if I think about how the Lord has never abandoned us even in the darkest moments of our lives, why should I think that He will do so now?

“Let not your hearts be troubled…” Our life is in His hands… I can already smell the scent of victory. Marisa Aguas (jojangaguas@yahoo.com)

Reflection: Is something bothering you? Meditate on how God has been good to you in the past. If He was with you then, He is also with you now, and forever.

You know what is in my heart and in my mind, Lord Jesus. I entrust all my concerns to You because I know that it will be in better hands.



1ST READING: Paul suffers greatly for the Gospel. He is stoned a number of times and whipped even more. He even gets shipwrecked twice. Are we willing to undergo the same tribulations for the sake of the Gospel? It is indeed a privilege to suffer for the sake of the Gospel. We do not need to seek out suffering, as it is almost certain to find us, so long as we remain faithful in living and proclaiming the Word of Life, Jesus Christ. Acts 14:19-28

GOSPEL: I love hearing these words of Jesus: “I do just as the Father commands me to do!” Here is the essence of discipleship. Here is what it means to give one’s life in following the will of God. If it is good enough for Jesus, then it had better be good enough for us. Obedience is a “bad” word in today’s culture as it seems to signify submission to another. When it comes to God, I rejoice greatly that I am submitted to His will as there is nowhere else I would rather be. John 14:27-31

think: It is indeed a privilege to suffer for the Gospel.



HE HAS NO POWER OVER ME: The title of this reflection is critical to the life of a disciple of Jesus. Jesus tells us that “the ruler of this world” is coming — Satan is alive and kicking, so to speak. However, the important thing about this is not that Satan is still alive, but that he has no power over Jesus — and over us as well because of His generosity with us. Do you believe this? If you don’t, then it would be virtually impossible for you to grow as a disciple of Jesus. If you believe, then the possibilities are endless.

Jesus is aware, even before He entered His passion, death and resurrection, that He is going to be victorious. He is telling His disciples, and that includes anyone who chooses to follow Him, that they will share in His victory, too. Why? So that we will all be able to return to the Father. Sin has separated us from our Father in heaven. Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden for eating fruit from the tree of Good and Evil. Jesus has come to dwell with us in order to reunite us with His Father. That is why Jesus shares His victory with us — in order to help us on our journey to heaven.

As we reflect upon the victory of Christ this Easter, we are called to not just be spectators of the events but to participate in them and to receive their effects. Is there anything more that we could reasonably ask for from God? He has been as generous as He possibly can without taking our free will from us. It is up to us to use our free will to make a better choice than Adam and Eve in the Garden. Are we going to be obedient to the promises of our Baptism, namely to reject Satan and follow Jesus? Or are we going to continue in the rebellious ways of Adam and Eve and so many others? Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL

REFLECTION QUESTION: In what area of your life do you still rebel against God?

Holy Spirit, help me to realize that, to a certain degree, my destiny is in my hands. Help me to follow Christ as His disciple so that I may share in the rewards and blessings of eternal life.



WITH LOVING OBEDIENCE – Obedience today, generally speaking, seems to have taken on a somewhat negative relevance whereby people see being called to obedience as a deprivation of their rightful liberty. They insist on their right to choose what they want to do, when they want to do it, and how they want to do it. Obedience is actually the supreme exercise of one’s freedom. It is choosing to place one’s life under the will of God. The obedience of a disciple of Jesus is to the will of God, or God’s perfect plan for his life. Only faith can enable us to reach this understanding — it is not possible in the secular sphere where the individual reigns supreme and moral relativism is the norm.

Jesus speaks of laying down His life in obedience to His Father’s will. Jesus knows that His Father’s will is perfect and so He willingly submits His life to it.

Do we believe in the perfect will of God for our lives or not? Human beings do not exist in their own right or under their own power. We have been created by God out of love. It is precisely this relationship of our Creator with us, His creatures, that should govern our actions. As Creator, God knows what is best for us and because He desires the best for us, He guides us according to His will.

We are free to accept or reject God’s will. This choice to accept or reject His will for us is the all-defining choice as regards our salvation. Why? If we believe we can save ourselves through our own power, then why do we need God? If we do need God, then we need to be humble enough to follow His instructions for authentic human fulfillment. There is no other path to salvation and fulfillment.

Are we humble enough to choose the right way? Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: How do you understand obedience in the context of your own life? What do you need to do in order to grow in obedience to God’s will?

Father, help me to believe from the depths of my heart that You desire the best for me and that the only way I will receive the fullness of Your blessings is to surrender everything to Your will. Amen.



Danger of Slavery

May 5, 2015 (readings)

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Father Patrick Langan, LC

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.”

Introductory Prayer: Lord, thank you for granting me the opportunity to be with you. There are things in life, Lord, that attract me, but you attract me more. I hope in you, and I love you. Maybe I don’t really understand what it means to love, and maybe I don’t love the way I should, but I do love you.

Petition: Lord, help me always to remember who I am, where I come from, and where I am going.

  1. Activism:In today’s culture, many people believe, almost religiously, that what they do will eventually make them someone. They believe that from doing flows being, since their activity defines them. This makes it easy for them to be exploited. In nineteenth century America, a slave was often not told his birthday, so he could never really know who he was. He was just made to work. This same temptation exists today. Many people work such long hours — some as a means of escape from difficulties or responsibilities at home; others for the satisfaction they feel seeing a job completed; still others, just to earn more money and to be able to afford a more comfortable life. However, these are all manifestations of the same slavery.
  2. My True Identity:With his example, however, Christ shows us a different way of life, a way that goes against the current. First I have tobe. Then my doing will flow from my being. Christ says again and again: I am the Son of my Father. Now I will act accordingly. When Moses asked God of the burning bush who he was, he said, “I AM who AM.”

Who am I? What defines me is my relationship to God. Just imagine this: I have the privilege of being a child of God! God has loved me so much that he has adopted me as his child! This is something worthwhile. This is who I really am, and I should act accordingly, as Christ taught me.

  1. True Peace:Christ’s great peace comes as a consequence of meditating on and living out who I really am. When I meditate, I discover that I am God’s creature. Suddenly, I find the strength to face reality. Others will be unable to exploit me, and I will stop exploiting others because I am – and they are – children of God. My dignity derives from this fundamental truth: I was created in God’s image and likeness. I came from God, and he is inviting me to return to him and be happy with him for all eternity.

Conversation with Christ: Lord, I have the bad habit of focusing on my doing. That is why I am always anxious. I want to be like you, Lord, seeing first who I am and letting my activity flow from that. This will bring me peace. However, Lord, I need your grace. Help me to live as a true son or daughter.

Resolution: Today, I will do two kind acts to someone who is troubled in order to help them experience God’s love for them.



The term ‘peace’ originates most recently from the Anglo-French pes, and the Old French pais, meaning “peace, reconciliation, silence, agreement” (11th century). But, Pes itself comes from the Latin pax, meaning “peace, compact, agreement, treaty of peace, tranquility, absence of hostility, harmony.” The English word came into use in various personal greetings from c.1300 as a translation of the Hebrew word shalom, which, according to Jewish theology, comes from a Hebrew verb meaning ‘to restore’. Although ‘peace’ is the usual translation, however, it is an incomplete one, because ‘shalom,’ which is also cognate with the Arabic salaam, has multiple other meanings in addition to peace, including justice, good health, safety, well-being, prosperity, equity, security, good fortune, and friendliness. At a personal level, peaceful behaviors are kind, considerate, respectful, just, and tolerant of others’ beliefs and behaviors — tending to manifest goodwill (from: Wikipedia).


TUESDAY OF THE 5TH WEEK OF EASTER (YEAR B) – JUAN 14:27-31. UNSA MAN NGA MATANG SA KALINAW ANG ATONG BUOT ANGKONON? Ang Ebreo nga pulong shalom (kalinaw sa bisaya) nagpasabot dili lamang sa usa ka kahimtang nga hilom ug walay panag-away, kondili sa usa ka kahimtang sa tawo nga adunay dakong pagsalig sa Dios, nga iyang Magbalantay (Salmo 4:8). Kini nga klase sa kalinaw mao ang gipasabot ni Kristo sa Iyang pag-ingon, “Ang kalinaw ihatag ko kaninyo, kalinaw nga dili ingon sa ikahatag sa kalibotan”. Ang kalinaw nga mahatag sa kalibotan anaa ra kutob sa gawas. Apan ang kalinaw nga magagikan sa Ginoo maghari diha sa kasingkasing sa mga tawo. Nindot ang gisulat: “Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work; it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” Posted by Abet Uy

(English) John 14: 27-31. WHAT KIND OF PEACE IS OUR WISH claim? The Hebrew word shalom (peace, love) means not only a state of quiet and no war, but in a state of man who had great trust in God, his Shepherd (Psalm 4: 8). This kind of peace that Christ meant when He said, “My peace I give you, a peace so as not to give the world”. The peace the world is the same as outside. But the peace that comes from the Lord, reign in the hearts of men. It was written: “Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work; it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. ”



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

TUESDAY OF THE 5TH WEEK OF EASTER (YEAR C) – JUAN 14:27-31. UNSA MAN NGA MATANG SA KALINAW ANG ATONG BUOT ANGKONON? Ang Ebreo nga pulong shalom (kalinaw sa bisaya) nagpasabot dili lamang sa usa ka kahimtang nga hilom ug walay panag-away, kondili sa usa ka kahimtang sa tawo nga adunay dakong pagsalig sa Dios nga maoy iyang Magbalantay (Salmo 4:8). Kini nga klase sa kalinaw mao ang gipasabot ni Kristo sa Iyang pag-ingon, “Ang kalinaw ihatag ko kaninyo, kalinaw nga dili ingon sa ikahatag sa kalibotan”. Ang kalinaw nga mahatag sa kalibotan anaa ra kutob sa gawas. Apan ang kalinaw nga magagikan sa Ginoo maghari diha sa kasingkasing sa mga tawo. Nindot ang gisulat: “Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work; it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” Posted by Abet Uy



Tuesday of the 5th week of Easter

Tuesday, April 26

Acts 14:19-28; Jn 14:27-31a

Real Peace

Once there was a photo printed in a newspaper that had won some international awards. It was the photo of a tiny bird. The bird is sitting in its cage made in the creek of a rock while there is tempest outside of its cage along with rain lashing against the cage. Added to it there was lightning flashing in the sky. Still the bird was sitting peacefully as if it enjoys a divine protection.

Jesus promises peace. Peace is the gift of Resurrected Jesus who extended peace more than once after the resurrection. But he reminds that this peace is different from what the world offers. Then what is it? The peace that Jesus gives us is the ‘experience of finding ourselves in the bosom of Heavenly Father.’ Jesus was inserting this message to the disciples when he reminded them not to be worried of the bread to eat and cloth to wear. One can be peaceful even at the face of hunger and nakedness if s/he can find place in the bosom of the Father. Jesus could sleep peacefully in the boat even though there was storm in the sea as he himself experienced ‘he and his Father’ are one.

Unfortunately we have mistaken this peace with the peace that world offers even though they are totally different, as Jesus says.

We bear injustice in the society in the name of maintaining peace in the society. The parents prefer to keep silence on the face of wrongs done by their children in the pretext of maintaining peace in the family. Husband and wife bear each other’s bad habits without taking effort to correct them in the name of peace. In the pretext of keeping peace in the society, the Church prefers to remain silent on the face of evils in the society and then lose its prophetic nature. In all these cases we are serving our own selfish purpose that does no good to others.

Real peace is to find ourselves in the bosom of Heavenly Father. Jesus could find that peace because he fulfilled the will of the Father throughout his life. The apostles too understood it and they were at peace even though they had been stoned that put them on the verge of death. Let us differentiate the peace that Jesus gives and that of this world. And hold on to the peace of Jesus. Fr. Johnson Bezalel CMI



April 26, 2016

REFLECTION: In today’s gospel reading we hear Jesus tell his disciples on the eve of his death, “my peace I give to you; not as the world gives peace do I give it to you.”

Here we could ask ourselves where exactly lies the difference between these kinds of peace, which Jesus opposes sharply.

Well, if we look at the present situation of the world, we see that there is no World War dividing nations as we have seen twice in the Twentieth Century. And that is indeed good. And we have the United Nations, a world organization gathering all nations and providing them a forum to ventilate their grievances and aspirations in a non-violent way. But not much has been accomplished by this forum. Nations are strongly polarized along ideological lines (socialists against capitalists) and are at loggerheads on most issues. This is merely a “balance of terror” between nuclear nations, not much more.

Jesus’ peace is completely diffe­rent. It rests on fraternal love, mutual trust, God’s strengthening grace. Because the hearts of Christians are at peace with God, they can be at peace with all other humans, who are seen as loved brothers and sisters.


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