At the Last Supper Jesus said: “Peace is my farewell to you, my peace is my gift to you. I do not give it to you as the world gives peace. Do not be distressed or fearful” (Jn 14). The scene is sad. Jesus and his apostles have been together for years; their relationship has become a familiar one. It is reasonable to suppose that the heart of Jesus is grieving as the apostles will grieve when they finally realize what is happening.
Yet Jesus gives them his peace. He does not merely promise peace; he gives it. After the resurrection he will begin his visits with: “Peace be with you!” His peace crowns all of the events of the passion, death and resurrection.
Jesus states that his peace is not the kind that the world can give. Worldly peace is often illusory and always temporary. Jesus’ peace flows from the indwelling of his Spirit. No one and nothing can take his peace from us.
Lord, make me a witness of your peace. Show me how to live so that others can see in me the serenity which only your Spirit can give. I need serenity to be a witness to you.