Peace I leave with you. – John 14:27
Rarely is a passage from Scripture as Trinitarian as these few verses in today’s Gospel. This passage comes from Jesus’ farewell address at the Last Supper: the final words that he gave his disciples before he was arrested and crucified (John 13-17).
Today’s passage contains many of the themes that we find in these five chapters: The Father loves us. He wants to make his home in the hearts of everyone who loves him and keeps his word. The Holy Spirit has come to teach us and to fill us with his own divine life.
There is so much in this short passage! So try to take some time today to read it a few times slowly and prayerfully. Take note of how much Jesus teaches about God’s love and thank him for welcoming you into this love through each Person of the Trinity.
Even though the Trinity is a mystery of our faith, we don’t have to understand it perfectly to experience the peace that God wants to give us. Few of us know how a watch, a car, or a computer works. But that doesn’t keep us from reaping the benefits of these things. It’s the same with God. When Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you”, we don’t have to understand everything about that peace. We can just rest in this gift and let it fill our hearts.
This peace is not just a warm feeling. It’s the grace to be holy and to resist evil. It’s the grace to forgive. It’s the grace to remind us that God is with us and that we have nothing to fear (John 14:27). It’s the spiritual tranquility that comes from the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is such a generous God!