FR. ANDREW WRITES:-
Peace is something that everyone is looking for in some way and yet it is difficult to find. Why is it so illusive? This is because, sadly, the world is a fallen and imperfect place.
And yet it is on offer.
The Catechism says,
“Earthly peace is the image and fruit of the peace of Christ, the messianic ‘Prince of Peace.’ By the blood of his Cross, ‘in his own person he killed the hostility’, he reconciled men [people] with God and made his Church the sacrament of the unity of the human race and of its union with God. ‘He is our peace.’ He has declared: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers.” (CCC 2305).
In other words peace on earth can only come through Jesus Christ. In today’s Gospel Jesus says,
‘Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give that is my gift to you.’ (John 14:23-29).
So how to get that peace?
Through prayer to God.
By trying to step outside the business of life for a few moments everyday and finding space to pray and reflect.
Here’s a practical tip. Try not to look at the mobile or computer for a short period of time, as these are hives of activity and business! Go for a walk without listening to the Ipod or looking at the phone and listen instead to the sounds around you.
Find somewhere quiet to be still. It could be at home or elsewhere. Once you find a place of quiet wherever that is, it will be much easier to pray.
One particularly special place of peace is the church. This church is open from 7am until 6pm everyday and is an oasis of peace, where Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Why not drop in on your way to or from school, work or college, even just for a few moments? It will make all the difference.
‘Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give that is my gift to you.’
So let us ask Jesus today to inspire and help us to be those peacemakers, so that we can bring his peace to everyone we meet.