The Gospel Today
Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Jesus said 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.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you,
‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me,
you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe.
I will no longer speak much with you,
for the ruler of the world is coming.
He has no power over me,
but the world must know that I love the Father
and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”
Reflection (Sem. Rolly Teng):
Jesus said, “Peace be with you.” These are not ordinary words of course, though commonly used so at the meeting of friends, rather is a solemn, benediction, conferring upon them all the blessed fruits and effects of Jesus’ death and resurrection. As we all know, the phrase is common, but the sense is very meaningful. Peace be with you! I believe when Jesus uttered these words “Peace be with you!” Jesus means it as, all good be to you and all peace be with you always.
Christ had left his peace to the apostles as His legacy to them. Jesus speaks of peace and so we must also make peace. Peace creates the fruit of the lips; peace with God, peace in our own consciences, peace with one another; all this peace be with you; not peace with the world, but peace in Christ. His sudden appearing in the midst of the apostles was full of doubts concerning Him, full of fears concerning themselves. When Jesus came they recognized Him, everything was turned into calmness because Christ is with them already. Like us when Jesus lives in our hearts everything we do will turn good because we know that Christ is in our midst.
Perhaps the Gospel for today challenges us to continuously trust God. As Jesus said, “Do not be troubled! Do not be afraid! I am going away, but I am coming to you. If you loved me, you would be glad that I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” Let not our hearts be in trouble and afraid. Jesus promised us that He will be with us until the end of time. But we must love Him so that He will remain in us. We must always remember that God loved us first before we loved Him and we can share this love to others in our day to day life.