A Daily Dose of Good News
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
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“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace 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. You 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 And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; but 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. (John 14:18-31)
Go in peace. Serve the Lord
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Such is the gift that only one person could ever give,
And one person alone: Christ Jesus our Lord.
And the disciples are about to experience that peace
For the very first time in the courser of human history.
In just a few short days after this encounter between Jesus and the disciples,
Jesus is going to be crucified, die and rise again
Thereby revealing the truth that gives peace that the world cannot give.
Indeed a peace which surpasses all understanding, as Paul will later say.
Crucified, dead and raised again
Jesus offers the peace which alone came come
In the truth that
Life finally outlasts death.
Love finally outlasts hate.
Hope finally outlasts fear.
Healing finally outlasts illness.
Mercy finally outlasts vengeance.
Justice finally outlasts corruptions.
Honesty finally outlasts lies.
And faith in the truth of that peace is powerful.
It affords the perspective, the motivation, the mission
To do exactly what Jesus says as the end of the passage.
In good times and in bad …
In the face of pandemic …
In the face of economic challenges …
In the face of civil and political unrest:
Rise, let us be on our way.
In fact, we conclude almost every worship event
With the acclamation to do so:
Go in peace. Serve the Lord!
For we have opportunity to witness the peace that Jesus gives
For the sake of the whole world to whom he gives it.
May Jesus’ fill your day peace today
And every day after
As together we serve as his peace-makers
In the ministry of our daily lives.