COMING CLOSER TO CHRIST:
Jesus told his Apostles: “Do not let your hearts be troubled” (John 14:1; 14:27).This admonition — which, in a certain sense, also sounds almost like a commandment — was also so important that he repeated it more than once during that sacred meal. And the second time he mentions it, he turns his attention to what should be in our hearts, instead of trouble: peace.“Peace I leave with you,” he explains,“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” (John 14:27).Isn’t it strange that Jesus would admonish us, indeed almost command us, not to let our hearts be troubled? He doesn’t say,“Don’t worry when your hearts are troubled,” or “Having a troubled heart is unavoidable sometimes, so don’t sweat it.” No — he actually tells us: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”He knows that we are constantly struggling with confusion, disillusionment, rejection, sadness, and discouragement — all of are things that trouble our hearts. We need peace which only comes from God.
CHRIST’S LOVE IMPELS US TO GO OUT:Pointing people to Christ who is the way is what we’re all called to do as Christians and a lot of that is spreading true peace.
- Christ describes himself as the “way”: we show others the way to the degree that we imitate him. How can I imitate Christ in some aspect this week?
- He sent apostles to the four corners of the world, and they still carry out their mission through us. Do I realize that Christ sends me out with a mission as well?
- We’re called to continue these “greater works” that he encouraged his first disciples to do. The key is having faith in him. What can I do to spread God’s peace this week?
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