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Reflection by Laurann Donahue

Today's Gospel: John 14:27-31A

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.” Sound familiar? We hear those words of Jesus at Mass. But what did He mean by “My peace I give to you?” Paul says in Ephesians 2:14 that “He is our peace, He Who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through His Flesh.” Jesus didn’t just say, “Peace, catch you on the flip side.” The peace He is leaving and giving us is Himself.

In addition to His gift, He tells us that "The ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over Me.” Since Satan, the ruler of the world, has no power over Jesus, he has no power over us either! Jesus broke down the dividing wall, as Paul said, and given us Himself as protection. Jesus gave us the gift of Himself in this gift of peace; it is His flesh. It is His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Eucharist. Listen to Him. Be strengthened by Him. Love Him.

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Where in your life do you feel the need for Jesus's peace?


Lord, help me remember Your gift of peace. Help me not take it for granted but realize it and reflect on it every time I hear Your precious words, "My peace I give you."

Copyright 2020 Laurann Donahue

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