May 22, 6th Sunday of Easter

Gospel of John 14:23-29

A peace the world cannot give is my gift to you

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘If anyone loves me they will keep my word,

and my Father will love them,

and we shall come to them and make our home with them.

Those who do not love me do not keep my words.

And my word is not my own:

it is the word of the one who sent me.

I have said these things to you while still with you;

but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,

whom the Father will send in my name,

will teach you everything

and remind you of all I have said to you.

Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you,

a peace the world cannot give,

this is my gift to you.

Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

You heard me say: I am going away, and shall return.

If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am going to the Father,

for the Father is greater than I.

I have told you this now before it happens,

so that when it does happen you may believe.’

In my prayer, I ponder this intimacy between God and Jesus. I pray to be open to the Spirit and the peace that the Holy Trinity are offering me here. I pray for this peace to permeate our beautiful but troubled world.