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Today’s Gospel
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Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Gospel text (Jn 14:27-31a): «I am going away and I will come back to you». Jesus said to his disciples; “Peace I leave with you; 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. You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe. I will no longer speak much with you, for the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me, but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, the Lord comforts His disciples. Jesus is leaving! Where to? First He went away to die on the Cross: His death was a departure to Heaven. Three days later He resurrected and, for a brief time, He still appeared to His disciples. Finally, the day of Ascension, with His resurrected body, He went up to Heaven.

— The Lord is asking us not to let our heart be frightened. He gives us true peace: Jesus, because He is God, is in Heaven and is with each one of us. Even within us when we receive Him in Communion.