Tuesday 1 May 2018
St Joseph the Worker.
Acts 14:19-28. Psalm 144(145):10-13, 21. John 14:27-31.
Your friends tell the glory of your kingship, Lord—Psalm 144(145):10-13, 21
Jesus speaks of his gift, and his gift is peace.
In the Bible, the word for peace, shalom, never means simply the absence of trouble. It means everything that makes for our highest good. Peace the world offers is a peace of escape, a peace that comes from the avoidance of trouble and from refusing to face things.
The peace Jesus offers us is the peace of solid security and trust. His peace can withstand any life experience. No sorrow, danger, suffering will destroy that peace. People saw in the cross only his humiliation and shame. But time would come when they would see in it his obedience to his Father and love of us.