“ I leave you peace, my peace I give unto you; but not as the world. Don’t let your heart be bothered or intimidated”(John 14, 27).
The gift of peace is divine and Heavenly, it is a gift from the heart of God. The peace that God gives us is the peace that comes from him; the peace that is pure and is its essence.
Jesus is giving us his peace and not the peace that the world gives us, because world peace may simply be absence of conflicts, wars or something along those lines. Peace is something much deeper, it goes in the intimate part of our soul and our heart, puts us in communion with God and with each other. Peace is the fruit of love, which generates peace in our hearts.
The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts, and each one of us can plunge into the peace of God. We have conflicts? Yes! Don’t we look at the difficulties, problems and situations, but we have a different way of fighting, we are fitted with the gift of peace. We’re not immune to war, we go to war and fight against the enemies of the soul and the heart.
Our medicine, our gun, above all, is the peace that comes from the heart of God, the peace that God gives us and that, above all, does not let our heart be disturb with difficulties, with tribulations and with all the difficult situations that we face in this life. We need to let our hearts find peace in God, curing our afflictions, which contain our troubles, and gives us peace and tranquility for living, evangelizing and love.
We don’t understand tranquility as we didn’t have difficulties, is not contrary to another. Rather, difficulties are being overcome in that peace that comes from the heart of God. I’m not lost in a fog or now do I bow in front of the afflictions and tribulations I face in my life, I bow before the peace of God, before the spirit of God which is given.
It is interesting in acts of the Apostles: we hear of “beig spent by many tribulations to enter the Kingdom of God”. The tribulations we’ve been through in our lifes do not to take our peace; rather, there is much evidence that we learn to live the peace of God even when we are covered in a whirlwind of trouble and tricky situations.
May the peace of God to invade our hearts!
God bless you!