Peace seems difficult to find these days, doesn’t it? With violence, abuse, conflicts and wars raging all around us, we often ask “Where is God? Where is His Peace?” More than just the absence of war, Peace “describes the condition of the heart and mind- within our very soul and spirit – when renewed in Christ. Such peace is deeper than our affections or intellect… [Peace is] “life in friendship with God.” 1 We all want that feeling; that friendship with God. So then, where is God in such troubling times? Why do we feel so alone and forgotten, separated from this friendship with Him?
If you truly want to find Christ’s Peace, look inward, not outward. Peace on this earth starts with inner peace. It starts with you! The Divine Indwelling of Father, Son and Holy Spirit live in you. Peace, the fruit of the Holy Spirit, is there for the taking – so take it! Leave all of your worries, anxieties, cares and concerns at the foot of the altar of our Lord. Give it all to Him, and then let go; don’t try holding on to them. Rather, put your trust in God and really let go of the worries, anxieties, cares and concerns. In return, He fills the space that the worries, anxieties, cares and concerns consumed with His Peace – now your inner peace.
Jesus tells us in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” The world can give us absence of war and conflicts. The world can take steps to alleviate worries, anxieties, cares and concerns through enacting humanitarian relief, legislation and treaties that promote the common good. However, only the Divine Indwelling can give you the kind of peace that soothes your soul. Therefore, Jesus’ peace is given to you as the fruit of the Holy Spirit, and that is where it all starts.
Why should we embrace inner peace? We’ll address the answer to that question in our next reflection. Don’t miss it!
1 Catholic Encyclopedia, Revised Edition, Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, Print, 1998, p. 765
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