Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

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.’

— John 14:27-31

The peace of the Lord be with you. That Peace of the Lord is precisely the focus of our Gospel reading today. Jesus does not elaborate on what this peace is but I think we can grasp what he’s getting at by looking at the words leading up to this point in John’s Gospel.

The peace of Jesus is being one with God the Father. The peace of the Lord comes from recognizing that our greatest pleasure comes from doing God’s will because that what is most real. The peace of the Lord comes from knowing we are always in His gentle grasp despite the moments when our hearts are deeply troubled.

Most loving God bathe us in the peace that only you can give and the share that peace with those we meet. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Tuesday, May 12, 2020