Tuesday 5th May – Tuesday of the 5th week of Eastertide
Reflection: John 14:27-31
HOW DO I LOVE GOD II?
Yesterday, we learned that we love God by keeping his commandments and loving our fellow men. When we truly love God and our neighbour, we experience the peace that Christ promises us in today’s gospel reading – one that the world cannot give. This divine peace is one that surpasses all human understanding.
Today’s world is full of crises. The news is filled with stories of war, terrorism, deadly diseases and chaos in many parts of the world and we are tempted to ask: can there ever be peace in this world? Our dear country, Nigeria is not spared as many of our brothers and sisters in the North East constantly suffer the effects of the Boko Haram terrorist sect. The hatred and violence in our world is a direct effect of the absence of brotherly love, absence of personal inner peace which are a consequence of the absence of Christ.
Dear friend, it is only in abiding in Christ and in loving Him in our neighbour that we can experience true peace even in the midst of the ups and downs of this world. Let the love of Christ radiate through you to your neighbours. Christ the Prince of peace has promised to give us peace in a measure and manner that the world cannot give. Let us trust him to give peace to our hearts, families, country and the world at large.
PRAYER: Dear father, please grant me peace in my heart, home and environments and to live in peace with all men. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 395 – What is peace?
Peace is the consequence of justice and the sign of love put into action. Where there is peace, “every creature can come to rest in good order” (Thomas Aquinas). Earthly peace is the image of the peace of Christ, who reconciled heaven and earth.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27 GNB
Today’s Readings: Acts 14: 19-28; Psalm 145: 10-13, 21; John 14: 27-31