Gospel Reflection

Easter 6

22 May, 2022

“May we live in peace without weeping.  May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing.  And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.” – Irish Blessing

Does Jesus not keep his promises?  He assured us that he would give us peace (John 14:27).  So what happened?  We know that God’s time is not our time.  But over two thousand years waiting!  Why are there still wars?  Why are there people being shot on our streets every day, on our streets and in our homes and sometimes in our schools?  Why across the world do more than 29,000 children under five die each day from hunger?  Enough already.  Jesus, where is the peace you promised?  Putting a stop to these things, and many more examples, would be the kind of peace the world often talks about but does not deliver.  Sadly, we will always have violent tragedies.  But Jesus says that he does not give us the kind of peace the world offers (John 14:27).  The peace Jesus gives is not freedom from conflict, turmoil, chaos, havoc or tumult.  He gives us inner peace and tranquility in the midst of disorder and uproar.  We all know that holding on to this kind of peace is extremely daunting when we are the victims or the loved ones of victims.  But amazingly it does happen.  An example is the City of Newtown, Connecticut.  Twenty 6 and 7 year old children were shot and killed in their classroom along with 6 adult staff.  After all these years the wounds and scars are still in their hearts.  However, through their tears and horror they were able to find solace reflecting on lessons from heroes and young innocence.  In spite of tragedy, or because of tragedy, they came together, experiencing multiple random acts of kindness.  Jesus did promise that the Holy Spirit would be sent (John 14:26). The Helper continues to foster the peace that the world cannot deliver.  Jesus keeps his promises.