August 9, 2022     3:02 pm
93. Week of First Sunday in Lent - Monday
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you
          Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.   John 14:27
          In that night Judas, not Iscariot, said to Jesus: "Lord how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us and not to the world?" That was a question showing great lack of wisdom. For Jesus reveals Himself and the fullness of His grace through His Word, and not otherwise. Now His disciples, who love Him, hold fast to that Word as to their greatest treasure. And the Father loves them, and comes to them with the Saviour, and most graciously and lovingly makes His home with them; and they realise always what a treasure their Saviour is to them. But a man of the world, who does not love the Saviour, does not hold fast to His Word, but despises it. And Jesus' Word is not the word of mortal man, but the Word of the Father who sent Him. How, then, should Jesus manifest Himself to a man of the world? - This His Word the Lord had revealed to His disciples while He was still present with them. Now came the hour of parting. "But," said He, "the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you." Thus in us Christians also, who adhere to the written Word of Jesus, the Holy Spirit works the true, inner, heartfelt understanding of this Word, and thereby reveals to us always the fullness of Jesus' saving grace. And then we have peace, precious, eternal peace, that does not perish like the things of this world. Jesus says: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: I don't give it to you as the world gives it. Don't feel troubled or afraid." (John 14).
          O Christian, disciple of Jesus, hold to Jesus' Word! Meditate on it daily. Then the divine majesty will dwell with you in love and grace; the Holy Spirit, who is always present in the Word of Jesus, will reveal the great salvation wrought by your Saviour more and more clearly to you; and you shall have peace, eternal peace, peace amid the strife of this time, peace in the blessed rest of heaven.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, grant through Your almighty power that I, a poor sinner, may unceasingly hold to Your saving Word. God Father, love me for Jesus' sake! Lord Jesus, come with Your Father and the Holy Spirit, and make Your home with me! God Holy Spirit, glorify Jesus' gracious and sure Word within my heart, that I may have peace from now on for evermore! Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     3:02 pm