Today's Gospel: John 14:27-31A
"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." - John 14:27
My husband became seriously ill about a year ago. Throughout that long nightmare, I held onto Jesus with all my strength. And deep down inside, underneath all the fears and worries, I was able to sense some peace.
I could not explain it. I could only draw strength from it. That peace in the middle of a storm. That peace that let me know I was not alone.
When we seek peace from the world, it is a short-lived peace. It doesn't go deep enough. It doesn't reach our heart. But the peace of Christ, well, that's another story.
The peace of Christ is Christ himself.
"God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing." - C.S. Lewis
Can you think of a time when you have experienced that peace in the middle of a storm?
Oh Jesus, you are my peace. Thank you for your presence in the storms of my life. Help me bring your peace to others. Amen.
Copyright 2014 Colleen Spiro
About the Author
Colleen Spiro is a Catholic mother, grandmother and a deacon’s wife. A certified spiritual director, Colleen loves to share her faith and encourage others through her retreats and writings. You can read her reflections at her website, Catholic Prayer Life and read or listen to her podcast at Finding God in the Everyday.