Peace

From Anxiety to Peace – Second Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Advent

From Anxiety to Peace – Second Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Advent

So where do we find the gift of living without debilitating anxiety? Many say the answer is right here in these few verses: it is taking everything to the Lord in prayer. But that is only so if something far more fundamental has happened first: we have come to trust the Lord and his love for us and are confident that when we pray he always hears and always answers. Anxiety diminishes as faith increases.

One small verse in Isaiah captures the secret, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is staid on you, because he trusts in you”(Isaiah 26:3)

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The Shepherd and Guardian of our Souls – Gospel in Preparation for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Shepherd and Guardian of our Souls – Gospel in Preparation for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Here then is one of the most profound truths I know: whenever I repeat the 23rd Psalm, I am talking about Jesus for Jesus is Lord and the Lord is my Shepherd. Everything that Psalm says about the Lord, it is saying about Jesus. Everything it says the Lord has done, is doing, or will do, it is saying about Jesus…I find this vitally important because as I meditate on it my trust and love for Him grows. I begin to realize that my life and wellbeing are in his hands and there is no safer place to be.

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Called to Peace – Second Reading in Preparation for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Called to Peace – Second Reading in Preparation for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

It is only in looking to the cross that we begin to truly see the fullness of the damage and destruction that our conflicts and our injuries against one another have wrought in our lives, for it necessitated the greatest injustice of all history: the torture and death of an innocent man. And it is only taking up that same cross in obedience and imitation of the One we claim to serve that the peace obtained on that cross can be experienced in our own lives and in the world around us.

In so doing, we will not only live out the newness of life we have been promised, but we will be called “Sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)

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Abiding in His Love – Gospel in Preparation for the Fifth Sunday in Easter

Abiding in His Love – Gospel in Preparation for the Fifth Sunday in Easter

Notice, however, the command is not just to stay. It is to stay in His love. Allow the truth of His steadfast, unfailing love to become the ultimate reality on which you ground your life as opposed to the variables and insecurities that plague our lives. So often we seek peace and a lack of conflict or uncertainty as an assurance of God’s love. But the real challenge is to learn to speak the truth of God’s love and hold fast to that truth in midst of such conflict and uncertainty.

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Overcoming Anxiety – Second Reading for the Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Overcoming Anxiety – Second Reading for the Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our Lord has said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27) We all thirst for that peace but as Pierre de Caussade wrote, “When one is thirsty one quenches one’s thirst by drinking, not by reading books that treat of this condition”. Here St. Paul has given us three wonderful cups of water which, if drunk, can assist us in experiencing the peace our Lord has promised and has already provided. But they must be drunk.

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Will You Come? – Gospel Reading for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Will You Come? – Gospel Reading for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Notice how unequivocal his words are. He does not say that we might find rest if we are lucky or try hard enough. He says we will find rest—not because of anything spectacular we have done to earn this rest, but because of His faithfulness. The certainty of the fulfillment of this promise rests on the reality of His unfailing love. He will give it to us. All we must do is come.”

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Understanding Peace – Second Reading of Trinity Sunday

Understanding Peace – Second Reading of Trinity Sunday

To “live in peace”, that “the God of love and peace will be with you”, however, is to have faith that when you give up a part of your self, a part of what makes you feel powerful, autonomous, you receive in exchange something much greater. The love of Christ is freely given, but only truly received with true patience and determination. Thus, be free, not that you feel empowered to do whatever, whenever, but let peace and love free you from “every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God”.

To live in the peace of Christ is to align ourselves with Him, to free ourselves from the world and its carnal habits and nature. It is to say no to the inclinations of our pride and the desires of our bodies, knowing that in Him alone is fullness of life (Jn 10:10)

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A Spirit of Peace and Love – Gospel of Pentecost Sunday

A Spirit of Peace and Love – Gospel of Pentecost Sunday

Notably the peace he offers them does not entail the absence of conflict or turmoil. The same threat of danger and death facing them just moments prior still faces them now and will only increase in the days, weeks and years ahead as they carry out their mission to make disciples in all the world. No, the peace Jesus offers them is something far deeper and greater. It is the shalom of God, the presence of wholeness, harmony and well-being for which we were all made but have lost through sin.
This peace cannot be found by the avoidance of conflict or in the pursuit of paths with little or no resistance. To the contrary, this peace was obtained by the very violence and struggle to which the wounds in Jesus’ hands and side bear witness, for it is a peace that comes only from a reconciled relationship with God.

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The Promises of God – Gospel of the Sixth Week of Easter

The Promises of God – Gospel of the Sixth Week of Easter

Both of these promises are for everyone, for everyone is invited to put their trust in him. However, the promises are able to be fulfilled only in those who love him: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father and He will…” give you another Counselor, to be with you forever. Note that the love required is not mere affection or sentimentality, but obedience. William Barclay wrote correctly, “”To John there is only one test of love and that is obedience. It was by obedience that Jesus showed his love for God ; and it is by our obedience that we must show our love for Jesus”.”

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