May 1, Tuesday
Gospel-John 14: 27-31
”Rise, let us go hence.”
Have there been times in your life when you received really bad news? You or your family member was diagnosed with a severe illness. Or the company you are working for is closing down and you’re about to lose your job. The natural reaction would be fear, anger, anxiety, confusion – but certainly not peace!
And yet today, Jesus assures His disciples that peace is to be found, despite the direst of news. How is it that we can face tough times without letting our hearts be troubled, or being afraid? Only by the grace of Jesus can we do this. Only by acknowledging that His peace is with us, and this peace is greater than our frail human hearts. And when we hold on to this peace, we find the strength to “rise and go hence”, to meet the danger with courage, to face the seemingly insurmountable obstacle with a deep faith. Jesus’ peace does not make the obstacle go away. But what Jesus’ peace does is to make our fear go away and give us the courage to
Lord, give us Your peace today. There is much that troubles and worries us but we know that Your peace gives us comfort and strength. Help us to remember that You are with us always, and that Your presence is the greatest peace of all.