(Jn 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.”
There is nothing left to do. Jesus has made peace with His fate. He goes to His passion and death with calmness that only a peaceful heart could radiate. It will not soften the violence He will face nor reduce the pain He will endure. But a ready heart confers quiet strength and dignity to one who will be lead to the slaughterhouse later.
And this is the peace that Jesus wants to impart to us. A peace that does not shrink from the evil of this world. On the contrary it took stock of this evil and find it not so intimidating at all. It could postpone or delay our projects in life. It could even halt it temporarily, but good will always triumph in the end. So Jesus prepared His own before evil will take a short at Him. He reminded them not to be drowned in the horrors that will unfold but to look firmly with hope at His promise to return to take His own to be with Him forever. The separation is but temporary and the reunion will last through eternity.
Fr. Paulson V. Veliyannoor, CMF
May God help me follow the example of the Lord who always performs the Will of the Father, so that I may be at peace in every moment. In all things, I just want to find the only reward is knowing I am doing the Will of the Father. My determination to avoid sin is the root cause of my soul disorder. But God, I’m too weak, God help me. Amen.