May 14

Reflection

The risen Jesus greeted those to whom he appeared with the words “Peace be with you.” They were fearful and not at peace, yet the experience of Jesus filled them with gratitude and joy. The peace which Jesus gives and to which we are called is the vision of a reconciled world, a world of order where there is justice, harmony, and love. We see that in the midst of confusion, injustice and suffering, it is possible for us to be renewed as Jesus was. The moment we trust in this truth, we move toward peace. A person at peace will serve as an agent of peace in the world. The God of peace is the God of hope. This is the witness to which we have been called.

Prayer

Jesus, give me the gift of gratefulness and trust in your promise of peace.

Action

I will work at achieving peace of heart and try to radiate that peace to those around me.

Suggested Reading

On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.”
John 20:19-31

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Phillipians 4:7

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
Saint Francis de Sales

Peace is a daily commitment. It is a homemade peace.
Pope Francis

Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
Dalai Lama

Many a happiness in life, as many a disaster, can be due to chance, but the peace within us can never be governed by chance.
Maurice Maeterlinck

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Benedict Spinoza

There is a criterion by which you can judge whether the thoughts you are thinking and the things you are doing are right for you. The criterion is: Have they brought you inner peace?
Peace Pilgrim

Inner peace doesn’t come from getting what we want, but from remembering who we are.
Marianne Williamson

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