SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
‘Peace I bequeath to you,
my own peace I give you’ ‘
When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace’. These eloquent sentiments expressed by legendary American rock guitarist, Jimmi Hendrix make the important connection between love and peace, and mirror precisely the words of Jesus in the Upper Room as He bids farewell to His disciples. Having appealed to His friends to love one another Jesus now bequeaths to them the gift of peace. Peace actually begins with love, and we find peace when we live our lives through the lens of love. It’s not something that can be achieved, but something one must become. The peace which Jesus offers is an inner peace, knowing as He does that it is ‘peace within that makes beauty without’. It is His gift, then, and it is only by opening our hearts to Him that we can receive and foster that precious gift. A world without God can never know peace. No God, no peace; know God, know peace!
‘Peace is a gift of God, but requires our efforts. Let us be people of peace in word and deed. Please, please let us not get used to war. May the leaders of nations hear people’s plea for peace’. (Pope Francis).