We long for peace, and with God’s help we can be instruments of peace. May Christ fill our hearts with his grace and strength…and peace!
Monthly Archives: April 2016
Building on the Gospel readings over the last three days, the Lord commands us to love one another – bearing fruit in and through our lives.
The words of Christ reveal links in a chain: Love of the Father…Love of Christ….our Love for one another. As yesterday’s illustration of vine/branches pointed out, our love is rooted in Christ and flows into the hearts of those around us.
This beautiful image of Christ as the vine and ourselves as the branches beautifully reminds us of our dependence on the grace of God. May we stay close to Jesus, and allow his love to overflow our hearts!
When the going gets tough…the tough persevere! Paul continues his mission of preaching, even when he faces opposition, hardship, and conflict. And where do we find the strength to carry on? Answer: from the Peace of Christ!
Study: Recall a time when you experienced a profound sense of peace. What made this possible?
Pray: Ask for God’s peace to touch your life and the those you love.
Serve: Consider ways you can share the peace of Christ with others. Be an instrument of peace today.
I find the words of the Lord in the Gospel tremendously comforting:
“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.” (John 14:27)
How often do we need to hear these words! How often do we find ourselves disturbed and upset by the frustrations and fears of life?! And yet, Jesus – who knows us better than we know ourselves – consoles and comforts us with a peace that flows on the wings of the Holy Spirit from the heart of Heaven.
We crave peace: in our hearts, our homes, our work, our community. There is a tranquility that comes when we are united with one another, free from discord, doubt and misunderstanding. God’s peace empowers us to walk through the challenges of life with a quiet conviction that we will face whatever comes before us with the guidance of Christ.
Two key thoughts thus emerge:
- Where do I need to foster peace in my life?
- How can I share God’s peace with others?
Are there parts of my life that hunger for peace? Bring them to prayer. Are there ways that I can be an instrument of peace, in my own life and in the lives of others? Act now. God’s peace is for the asking and the Holy Spirit is present to renew us with this blessed gift.
May we leave behind our fears and anxieties, turning to Christ for the strength and guidance we need to embrace our lives with joy.
Peace be with you!
The readings reveal two aspects of the Church: growing & glorified. Through the times of both blessing and burden the command of Christ to Love shapes our lives as disciples, and directs us to love each and every day.