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Tuesday 5th of Easter

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Gospel text (Jn 14,27-31a): Jesus said to his disciples, «Peace be with you; I give you my peace. Not as the world gives peace do I give it to you (…)».

The peace of Christ

Fr. Enric CASES i Martín (Barcelona, Spain)

Today, Jesus speaks to us indirectly of the cross: He will give us the peace, but at the cost of his painful “departure” of this world. Today, we read those words He said before the sacrifice on the Cross but that were written after his Resurrection. With his death on the Cross, He defeats both death and fear. He gives the peace but not as the world gives peace, inasmuch as He does it by going through the most excruciating pain and humiliation: this is how He proved his merciful love for man.

As of the moment sin entered the world, suffering in our lives is unavoidable. But God in his infinite love has given us the remedy to have peace amidst the pain: He has accepted “to leave” this world with a painful “departure” surrounded by serenity.

—Jesus Christ, quietly suffer to please the Heavenly Father with an act of costly obedience, through which You willingly offered Yourself for our salvation.

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