The peace you seek is found in Christ
So many people say they want peace, yet do not turn to the only source: the Prince of Peace. The peace of Christ is not of this world; it is found in doing God’s will and loving the Father; it is found in dying to self and living for God and following God’s plan rather than our own.
In the first reading from Acts, the Jews stone Paul and leave him for dead, which was their plan. But the early Christians prayed and fasted and put their faith in God, and God’s plan was that Paul would live and continue his missionary work, which allowed God to open the door of faith for the Gentiles.
In the Gospel, Jesus tells us he loves the Father. When we love we do not follow our own will, but rather the will of the one we love.
Scriptures of the Day
Early Church: Proclaim the Good News: Acts 14:19–28
In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium
arrived and won over the crowds.
They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city,
supposing that he was dead.
But when the disciples gathered around him,
he got up and entered the city.
On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.
After they had proclaimed the good news to that city
and made a considerable number of disciples,
they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.
They strengthened the spirits of the disciples
and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying,
“It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships
to enter the Kingdom of God.”
They appointed presbyters for them in each Church and,
with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord
in whom they had put their faith.
Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia.
After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia.
From there they sailed to Antioch,
where they had been commended to the grace of God
for the work they had now accomplished.
And when they arrived, they called the Church together
and reported what God had done with them
and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
Then they spent no little time with the disciples.
Psalm: Bless the Lord and Give Thanks: 145:10–11, 12–13AB, 21
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might.
Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
May my mouth speak the praise of the LORD,
and may all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
Gospel: I love the Father: John 14:27–31A
Jesus said to his disciples:
“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.
You heard me tell you,
‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me,
you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe.
I will no longer speak much with you,
for the ruler of the world is coming.
He has no power over me,
but the world must know that I love the Father
and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”
Prayer of the Day
May God fill us with his Spirit of Peace. Through our prayer and fasting, may God open the door of faith to those who live in unbelief. May our flesh bless the holy name of God, and may God keep us and deliver us from the ruler of the world. May we, through Jesus Christ, know and love Our Father in heaven.
- Read Pope: Jesus’ peace is real and not the world’s anesthetized peace (Vatican Radio)