Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary.
The disciples said to Jesus,
“Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech.
Now we realize that you know everything
and that you do not need to have anyone question you.
Because of this we believe that you came from God.”
Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now?
Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived
when each of you will be scattered to his own home
and you will leave me alone.
But I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
I have told you this so that you might have peace in me.
In the world you will have trouble,
but take courage, I have conquered the world.” JN 16:29-33
“Peace” is a biblical term. In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for peace is shalôm. Literally, it means “to be complete or whole” (Mauro Rodriguez, New Catholic Encyclopedia, 11, 37). Shalôm is used in many different ways in the Old Testament. It can mean general prosperity or well-being (Gen. 15:15; Ps. 4:8), safety or success (2 Sam. 11:7; 18:29), harmony among friends and family members (Zech. 6:13); and harmony among nations (1 Kgs. 4:24; 5:12). When used as a greeting or as a blessing (as it was and is used by Hebrew speakers) it conveys the notion that one is wishing all good things to the person addressed (2 Sam 15:9). -Catholic Answers
Do you have peace in Jesus? He reminds us that we will have trouble in this world, but if we stay true to Him, we will have peace because He has conquered the world. Jesus brings peace because He makes us complete or whole again with the Father through His death and resurrection. Catholics have had the answer for the coming of the end of the world for a long time. It was when Jesus died and resurrected. He conquered sin and death, the world, and made all things right. He reordered everything that was disfigured.
As fallen human beings, we have inherited sin, which gives us a warped view of God. The saints have been able to see through this warped view and through the devil’s veil. They were able to live in peace (complete or whole). We must remind ourselves that if we seek this peace we must die to world, flesh, and the devil’s temptations. It requires prayer and fasting.
It is important to read the Scriptures daily because they are living and effective. Jesus is the Truth and He makes everything clear. Especially this week as we prepare for Pentecost we should ask the Holy Spirit to guide us each day and in moments of worry or confusion. Consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary every year. According to St. Louis de Montfort, it is the quickest way to holiness. Pray without ceasing. Be faithful to the sacraments that are the vehicles of God’s grace, help us to have grace and stay in the state of grace. Be a servant and missionary in your own home, school, and community by helping your neighbor in need. Then, you too will see the face of God, see through the warped view the world and the devil have to offer, and be holy. ”Take courage, I have conquered the world”. Allow Christ to live in you and you too can conquer the world!
Today’s challenge: Be complete or whole, at peace, with God. Reconcile, forgive, make peace with others.
Be a servant, become a saint!