Tuesday 12 May

Today is Tuesday the 12th of May, in the 5th week of Easter.    

The community of Taizé sing Dona la pace, Signore : ‘Give peace, O Lord, to those who trust in you.’

  Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John.    

John 14: 27-31  

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, “I am going away, and I am coming to you.” If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us be on our way.  

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” The true peace that Jesus gives us is peace of heart. I let the events, the significant encounters of these last days come back to my memory. I identify what has been a source of peace and I thank him for it.  

“If you loved me, you would rejoice…” The true love to which we all aspire is revealed to us through Jesus. I entrust to Him all the people I know who are rejected or unloved so that they may discover the joy of being loved by God.  

The prince of the world,  the One who divides, has no hold on Jesus, who by his death conquered death. I entrust to Jesus my fears, my anxieties, my doubts, my resentments, so that He may teach me how to overcome them and that I may regain the joy of being with Him every day.  

As I listen again to the text, I pay attention to the way Jesus gives his peace.  

I am recapturing what has been a source of peace and joy in my life in recent times. I tell God about it and I thank him for it.  

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.