The peace of Christ is not the peace of the world

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint John
(Atmosphere 14.27-31a)

At that time, Jesus said to his disciples: “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you. But I do not give it like the world. Do not disturb or frighten your heart. You have heard that I said to you: ‘I am going, but I will return to you.’ If you love me, you will be glad that I am going. To the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I told you this now before it happened, that you might believe when it happened. I will not speak with you much more, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me, but that the world may know that I love the Father, I do as Father commanded me.”

At the Last Supper Jesus said to his disciples, as the priests say at every Mass: Pacem relinquo vobis, pacem meam do vobis, meaning “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you peace.” Although it is common among Jews to greet each other, wishing each other peace, our Lord here speaks of a much deeper peace. Therefore he says: “I do not give it to her like the world. Do not let your heart be troubled or terrified.” Indeed, what will happen in a few hours is not, in the eyes of the world, something peaceful; On the contrary, they are colossal events: Jesus will be arrested, expelled, condemned, cursed, torn in every possible way, crucified and killed, and all this is certainly very disturbing.

However, the apostles should seek peace not in absence of adversity – which is a physical and even “animal” way as the world understands it – if not in intimate union with Christ, through Faith: “I told you this now before it happened, so when it happens you may believe.” In the midst of the wonderful duel that will take place on the Cross, between Jesus and the Head of this world, the disciples are called to strengthen their faith, because the victory of the victorious King will seem like a failure. However, the power to which the humanity of our Lord is subject is the power of the Father, and not the power of the ruler of this world: I do as the Father has commanded me.” By this, Jesus indicates the path that we too must walk in order to obtain his peace: it is in obedience to the will of the Father, by grace Holy Spirit, we can live in peace in the midst of the turmoil of this world.

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Goodbye and be strong! (verses 27-31). – Christ finished the seminar with the same concepts with which he had begun: Do not let your soul worry; My flight is already imminent, but I have hope of my return; Give your master faith. But first he says goodbye to them.

V .27. I leave you peace… “Peace” (Heb., shalom), among the Hebrews, it was a precautionary formula for greetings and farewells; this is the reason, I leave you peace It expresses the vote of those who leave for the happiness and safety of those who remain. But Christ adds: hello i give youthat is, not only do I desire it or demand it for you, but I already entrust it to you. phalanx: According to some, I personally enjoy it; Or: of which I am its Lord and principle, peace born of your union with me, abundant source of salvation and all good: friendship with God, internal security, concord, etc. – Not as I give you the worldFor the world places peace above all in the outward and contented enjoyment of material goods, while my peace is inward, perfect, divine [1]. – Do not disturb your heart, and give no place (δειλιάτω) to frustration; On the contrary, she faced adversity with great joy.

V.28. Did you hear what I told you? (See v3 and 18): I come and go to you. If you love me, you will surely rejoice that I am going to fatherFor example, if you really love me, if you really care about me, you will not suffer much because of my leaving, because it is better for me to return to my father. Because the Father is greater than I (It is implied: so I will glorify him). By saying this, Jesus refers to himself as incarnate verb and as regards the supposed humanity, according to which he will return to the Father, from whom he never departed according to divinity. [2].

V.29. And now I tell you (What did you hear about my leaving? [morte]) Before that happens, even… you might believe (I have more complete faith in me.) – V. 30 a. I won’t tell you much anymore (The time is urgent for us to part), Because the prince comes (ἄρχων, chief) from this world (Satan, cf. Atmosphere 12, 31), either by themselves or in the person of their children: Judas, servants of the priests, etc.; And There is nothing about me (neither right nor power); But (I offer myself to my enemies freely) So that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father has commanded me so The I do me. Therefore, love and obedience to the Father is the moment when Christ freely offers himself even to death (cf. Atmosphere 4.34; 8.55; 10.18; fp 2.8; pigment 5.8).

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