April 26, 2016 Acts 14:19-28; John 14:27-31a
As we read in the first reading … St. Paul was nearly killed for his preaching of the Gospel. In fact … he was left for dead … but … one thing Paul knew was … that there was nothing that he couldn’t do if he relied on the Lord. Paul’s courage came from within … and it brought him inner peace that allowed him to carry on his mission … even in the face of difficulty.
In today’s Gospel … Jesus knew His apostles were fearful … especially hearing that most difficult prediction about His upcoming death. But He gives the apostles the gift of peace … assuring them that the Holy Spirit will guide and lead them.
For us … like the apostles … and like Paul … this peace … this inner sense of security … gives us the courage that comes from the conviction that God is with us and in us … and that we need not fear as long as we rely on the Lord.
When we offer each other a sign of God’s peace … may that be a reminder of how powerful the blessing of the peace of Christ is for each of us.
May we trust in God’s love and care … and have the fullness of peace and the courage we need to live holy lives.