Daily Gospel Reflection for May 1, 2018


Today’s Gospel: John 14:27-31A

Peace is an elusive dream of mine. I seek it the way some people seek fame or riches.

Except, I’ve come to realize, no, I don’t.

If I was really looking for peace, if I was serious about peace, wouldn’t I get to Confession more regularly?

If I was really serious about peace, wouldn’t I be carving out time first thing with the Guy Who Makes Peace Possible? (Hint: It’s not my favorite novelist.)

If I was really peace-seeking, wouldn’t I be measuring and making changes to my life to better accomplish peace…with my kids, with my husband, with my colleagues?

Peace isn’t the same as happiness. It doesn’t mean there’s no trouble. It’s not synonymous with “easy” or “quiet” or “light,” no matter what culture may have lead me to believe.

“The world must know that I love the Father,” Jesus says in today’s Gospel, and the same is true for me.

While everyone else knowing I love God won’t lead to peace, the change it continues to force in me will…and does.


What can you do today to add peace to your life?


Lord, thank You for the many gifts You’ve given me. Please guide me to peace today in whatever form You choose to give it. Amen.

Copyright 2018 Sarah Reinhard

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When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Triple Take, from Our Sunday Visitor.


  1. Kelly Guest on

    So there can be peace with kids running all around my messy home? Wow, if only we could see things as the Father sees them. Maybe I can add peace by not fretting over housework but taking them to the park. It going to be a beautiful day today.

  2. Thank you for this post, Sarah. I too claim to want more peace in my life, yet I’m not taking the necessary steps to make it happen. This was a great reminder to get moving and make the changes I need to.

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