“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you” (Jn 14:27). The peace that Jesus is talking about, the peace that he gives us is a peace the surpasses all understanding, because it does not come from this world but from the love of the Trinity.
God is an infinite communion of Love. There are three Persons, yet one God, because of their infinite nature. There is a complete, perfect and infinite giving and receiving between the Father and the Son and the Love that is shared between them is the Holy Spirit. We experience this peace because of Jesus, because in his becoming one with us, we become one with him, so sharing too in the Love of the Holy Spirit, This peace is not just an absence of stress, anxiety, violence, and war, but a resting, abiding, and sharing in his trinitarian communion.
We abide in God as we continually develop our relationship with his Son and each other, so to experience the Love he shares with the Father. Jesus does not promise with his bestowal of his peace that we will now have an easy time of it. We still live in a wounded, dark, and fallen world and there will be trials, tribulations and tragedy, yet through all matter of what we are dealing with, we can tap into the infinite well spring of the love of God. He is present and accompanies us in the midst of any and every situation we invite him into, such that there may be chaos all around, but as we turn to Jesus and trust in him, we will experience his peace.
Since hearing the news of JoAnn’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer on the Wednesday of Holy Week, our life has been a whirlwind and flurry of activity as we have had to prepare for moving to California so we can be closer to our adult children and JoAnn can begin her treatment at USC, yet we have both felt Jesus close to us. We have both been straight out, yet all the pieces have been coming together. There has been a tremendous outpouring of love, support, and prayer from so many and we have felt so blessed. We continue to be blessed most of all from an abiding with and sharing of Jesus’ peace.
This promise is not just made to us, for he knocks on each of our doors, seeking to come into our lives and develop a relationship with us. This is why we are an alleluia people. We are called to live our life to the full and with joy no matter the circumstances. Jesus knocks at the door, let him in and so abide with him and experience his peace too, that peace that surpasses all understanding.
Photo: Two bright lights shining in the darkness! JoAnn with Christy yesterday, JoAnn is staying with Christy until our apartment opens up June 1. If you are not aware and would like to join us in our journey, go to caringbridge.org and type in the search link, Deacon Serge and JoAnn Dube. You can receive updates as I post them.