John 14:27-31 NRSVue

27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. 28You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur you may believe. 30I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me, 31but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us be on our way.

Some thoughts on this scripture

Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not them be afraid. We can feel the affection and deep care Jesus has for his friends as he approaches the great crisis of his arrest, passion and crucifixion. He himself is anxious and stressed, but he does his best to encourage his friends to be strong in times of trouble. I hear his soothing and caring words addressed to me, as I share my troubles and fears with him.

Jesus promises peace, a peace that the world cannot give. We all yearn for inner peace, for peace in our families and in our communities. We are shocked at wars that seem never-ending, where no one seems willing to seek peace. I ask Jesus for the peace he offers me, I ask for the grace to be like him, bringing peace wherever I am.