Not As the World Gives

Following up on my post of yesterday, in today’s Gospel from John, Jesus says to his disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.”

“Peace,” says Jesus, so often to his disciples. Peace is always Jesus’ gift. And at each Mass we we repeat “peace be with you, offering each other the peace of Christ.

But we need to also remember that the peace Jesus offers and promises is not the same as the peace the world gives.

Jesus’ peace is not a peace that comes from everything being all hunky dory in our lives; we may, in fact, face real suffering. Jesus’ promise is not an absence of strife but a peace that comes from recognizing the presence of Christ in the midst of that strife.

And that is what we pray for and wish to each other (to everyone) – not that all will go well in a worldly sense, but that they be filled with Christ, with the peace that allows their hearts to not be troubled or afraid no matter what the world gives.