HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE 5TH WEEK OF EASTER
THEME: THE PEACE OF CHRIST.
BY: Fr. Karabari Paul
HOMILY FOR TUESDAY MAY 17 2022
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.”
It is difficult to achieve a total peace in the world no matter what the world tries to do. It is equally hard for the world to offer us inward peace or the well-ness that our souls need. Everyday, at different places, there are peace talks, peace protests, peace initiative, peace marches, and countless organizations and institutions set up for the sole purpose of promoting peace and peaceful co-existence. But we are still to achieve that very purpose.
Christ is the only source of authentic peace. In the Gospel of today (John 14:27-31), Jesus told His disciples, ‘Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you.’ Seven hundred years before He was born, the prophet Isaiah foretold that He would be the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). On the night of His birth in Bethlehem, the angels filled the night sky with the chorus ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.’ (Luke 2:14).
During His ministry on earth Jesus calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee as recorded in Mark 4. Jesus and His disciples were in a ship sailing on the sea, when a great storm arose.
The waves grew bigger and bigger and water came right into the ship and threatened to sink the ship. Then the disciples woke the Lord Jesus up and said, ‘Master, do you not care that we perish?’ And He promptly arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, ‘Peace, be still.’ And the wind ceased, and immediately there was a great calm. And whenever storms arise within our own hearts the same Lord Jesus Christ who dwells in us still calms our hearts with the same words, ‘Peace, be still’.
Christ has brought peace not only to man, but to the whole creation. Colossians 1:19,20 tells us, ‘For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.’ Thus our Lord Jesus is truly the Lord of Peace and the Prince of Peace!
It is necessary to say that if real peace is what we seek, we do not look anywhere else. Jesus, the Prince of Peace is the only One who can give us perfect peace, and it is to Him alone that we should resort to, to find this peace that we seek. But this peace is not the absence of war; it is the serenity of the soul. The storms raging in the world are reflections of the conflicts within the hearts of men and women. We need the peace of Christ to calm us. GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE. May God heal our world, grant unto our hearts His peace and bless us always through Christ Our Lord Amen. Good morning.
Fr. Karabari Paul