Morning Breakfast With the Word MAY 12 2020
One of the precious gifts that Jesus gave to his apostles before going into agony is the gift of peace, this peace He also reinstated after the resurrection when He appeared to them, an indication that living in Christ and in closeness with Him is in sync with this precious gift. Today Jesus tells His apostles “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. This shows that this gift is readily available to all. To tap this gift, we have to remain an abiding disciple of Him for this gift was given directly to His disciples. But we abandon this gift to pursue shadows.
1 . The Peace that Jesus gives is different from that of the World. For the world, when we are free of conflict, we enjoy momentary peace. But when we face difficulties, health problems, and financial crisis, the momentary peace is disrupted and chaos rules the day. This is the world for you.
2. Sometimes man thinks peace is found in pleasures only to be disappointed later. No matter how long he tries to achieve this momentary happiness, yet he is not satisfied. He goes for more and more, yet in need of more. This is the world for you. But the peace of God is eternal.
3 . Our God offers peace in the midst of chaos. His peace does not change with the circumstances; it is secure in spite of the circumstances. But worldly peace is disrupted once circumstances set in.
4. The peace that Jesus promises is not an escape from trouble, but rather the courage to face it calmly. As he spoke these words of peace, remember He is walking out to Gethsemane and his passion. It is being calm and strong despite the challenges facing us. This is peace that can exist in the heart at times of great turmoil and trouble, pain and illness. It is the peace of healing and forgiveness, and the peace which comes from doing what we know to be our calling. Sometimes, even within the toughest times of life, we can sense this peace of Jesus.
5 . The peace offered by the world is an empty promise and can only bring temporary comfort. God’s peace is a permanent peace offered by Jesus Christ. The world and all its pleasures seem to give joy and peace, but at last you find out they are just ephemeral and can never be satisfactory. True and inner peace come from the Lord. Let us embrace this gift. It is the only thing that can help us now in the face of this pandemic.
May God bless you dearest and may you encounter Him in the midst of your challenges. May your day, this day be blessed Amen
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Fr Sanctus Mario