Peace! (Jn 14:27-14:27)

“I leave you

With peace!

I give to you

My peace!

I do not give it

To you

As the world

Gives it.

Do not let

Your hearts

Be troubled!

Do not be afraid!”

Εἰρήνην ἀφίημι ὑμῖν, εἰρήνην τὴν ἐμὴν δίδωμι ὑμῖν· οὐ καθὼς ὁ κόσμος δίδωσιν ἐγὼ δίδωμι ὑμῖν. μὴ ταρασσέσθω ὑμῶν ἡ καρδία μηδὲ δειλιάτω.

John uniquely indicated that Jesus said that he was leaving them (ἀφίημι ὑμῖν) with peace (Εἰρήνην).  He was giving them (δίδωμι ὑμῖν·) his peace (εἰρήνην τὴν ἐμὴν).  He was not giving it to them (οὐ ἐγὼ δίδωμι ὑμῖν) as the world (καθὼς ὁ κόσμος) gives (δίδωσιν) peace.  They were not to let their hearts be troubled (μὴ ταρασσέσθω ὑμῶν ἡ καρδία).  They should not be afraid (μηδὲ δειλιάτω).  John was the only Greek biblical writer to use this word δειλιάτω that means to be cowardly, shrink, fearful, or timid.  Jesus was giving his disciples a new kind of peace, not like the worldly peace which usually occurs after a series of violent actions.  Jesus was giving a serenity peace to calm people in their lives.  This peace of Jesus is commemorated in the Eucharistic call and exchange of peace before communion in all Roman Catholic weekly and daily worship services.  The kiss of peace is a prerequisite for the reception of Jesus in Holy Communion.  Peace with your neighbor as well as with yourself is necessary for union with Jesus.  Jesus has given us this peace.  We just have to find it and use it.  Do you have the peace of Christ with you?

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