Do You Really Want Peace?
Gospel Reflection for May 22, 2023
“His disciples said, ‘Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech. Now we realize that you know everything and that you do not need to have anyone question you. Because of this we believe that you came from God.’ Jesus answered them, ‘Do you believe now? Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.’” (John 16:29-33 NABRE)
Jesus wants you to have peace in Him. Sometimes it is unfortunately easier said than done though, isn’t it?
When the busyness of our lives overwhelms us, it can be hard to rest in the Lord’s presence. Our wondering minds keep us from being able to simply be with Jesus.
During prayer, our thoughts often race around and distract us. Maybe we think about things we have to get done, the terrible events going on in the news, conversations we’ve had with others, things we’re anxious about, shows or movies we’ve watched, or what we’re going to eat next.
It can be so hard to turn our thoughts off, as one thought rolls into the next and before we know it—we’ve fallen down the same old rabbit hole.
In these moments of feeling overwhelmed, distracted, anxious, or run-down, we must take a deep breath and pray to the Holy Spirit to calm our wondering mind and unsettled soul.
There will always be a million things going on in our lives and in the world.
But when these things trouble, tire, worry, anger, or upset you, remember that Jesus has conquered the world.
We are not alone in these battles we fight. Our Lord and Savior is fighting with us and for us. And He has already won the ultimate war.
So take courage and have faith! Talk to Jesus about the things you’re dealing with and how they’re affecting you. Trust Him and His Perfect Will, and rest in the peace of your Father’s love, understanding, and protection.
What a great reflection! I think St Augustine had the same distractions when praying. He writes that our souls can only stay so long in heaven before plummeting down to earth.
I once was active in the Catholic Charismatic group in my diocese. Unfortunately it is not active now. Thus I am ashamed to admit that I have misplaced in my mind the teachings. Your reflection has renewed my faith in and relationship with the Holy Spirit!