Daily Gospel Reflection for May 20, 2014

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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

Ponder:

Can you think of a time when you have experienced that peace in the middle of a storm?

Pray:

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

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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.

2 Comments

  1. Colleen, thank you for sharing this story with us — a vivid example of Christ’s peace at work during a terrifically challenging and stressful time for you. I think we women tend to want to be so independent and in control that when things go crazy, we think we should have an answer for everything, right? And that answer is here in John 14 – “Peace I live with you… Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid…”

    May we have the courage to give ourselves unto his divine peace when life feels overwhelming and out of control… Peace to you today!

    • Lisa, thank you so much for your beautiful comment. And yes, I like to be in control even thought I know I am not! May we indeed have the courage to trust in the Lord.

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