Peace Sunday 20th January 2019
Jesus said “Peace I leave you, My Peace I give you.” John 14:27
This weekend will be the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time and will also be Peace Sunday.
Pope Francis continually asks all people to come together and pray for peace in our world.
We hear these words every time we come to Mass as they are spoken just before we offer one another the sign of peace and friendship which is represented as a handshake.
Jesus’ Peace is not as the world gives, for peace which comes from people can often only last a short time and it is conditional, that is, ‘if you do this then I’ll do that.’
Jesus’ peace is so much more and is unconditional. Our Heavenly Father freely gives us His peace especially through the death and Resurrection of Jesus. Through the Cross, God has reconciled us to Himself and all that stood between us and God has been destroyed through Jesus’ perfect sacrifice of Himself. Through Jesus, the Prince of Peace, we can have peace with God and with each other.
Our world needs God’s peace in all the places of conflict, hatred and division. As we think and pray this through over the next week, may we remember to pray each day for peace to come into our world in a new way.
Our prayer this week comes from part of Pope Francis’ prayer for peace:
Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: “Never again war!”; “With war everything is lost”. Instil in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.
Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister. Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust, and our quarrelling into forgiveness. Amen.