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
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
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. He rightly ordered the relationships that Adam and Eve broke with the Original Sin. As fallen human beings, we have inherited sin, which gives us a warped view of God. Each day we wake we have an inclination to sin. 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).
It doesn’t mean they didn’t suffer, oh, they suffered well. If we seek this peace, Jesus teaches us that we have to die to world, flesh, and the devil’s temptations. It requires prayer and fasting. It is also important to read the Scriptures daily because they are living and effective. The Scriptures are where we befriend Jesus, develop a personal relationship with the living God.
In the Eucharist and living a sacramental life, God has given us Himself. There is no other more personal way than having God’s life in us. 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.
Finally, consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary every year. According to St. Louis de Montfort, it is the quickest way to holiness. Pray without ceasing. A faithful sacramental life is required to receive this peace Jesus offers. The sacraments are the vehicles of God’s grace and we have to fight to stay in the state of grace. To receive this peace we are called to be servants and missionaries in our own home, school, and community by helping our neighbor in need.
Then, we too will see the face of God, see through the warped view the world and the devil have to offer, and be holy, at peace with Jesus. ”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!