John 14: 27-31a
Jesus said to his
disciples: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I
give to you. Not as the world gives do I
give it to you. Do not let your hearts
be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, ´I
am going away and I will come back to
you.´ If you loved me, you would rejoice that
I am going to the Father; for the Father is
greater than I. And now I have told you
this before it happens, so that when it happens you
may believe. I will no longer speak much with
you, for the ruler of the world is coming. He
has no power over me, but the world must
know that I love the Father and that I
do just as the Father has commanded me."
Prayer: Lord, thank you for granting me
the opportunity to be with you. There are things in
life, Lord, that attract me, but you attract me
more. I hope in you, and I love you.
Maybe I don’t really understand what it means to love,
and maybe I don’t love the way I should,
but I do love you.
help me always to remember who I am, where
I come from, and where I am going.
1. Activism: In
today´s culture, many people believe, almost religiously, that what they
do will eventually make them someone. They believe that
from doing flows being, since their activity defines them.
This makes it easy for them to be exploited.
In nineteenth century America, a slave was often not told
his birthday, so he could never really know who
he was. He was just made to work. This same
temptation exists today. Many people work such long hours
— some as a means of escape from difficulties
or responsibilities at home; others for the satisfaction they
feel seeing a job completed; still others, just to earn
more money and to be able to afford a
more comfortable life. However, these are all manifestations of
the same slavery.
2. My True Identity: With his example, however, Christ shows us a different
way of life, a way that goes against the
current. First I have to be. Then my doing
will flow from my being. Christ says again and again:
I am the Son of my Father. Now I will
act accordingly. When Moses asked God of the burning
bush who he was, he said, “I AM who
Who am I? What defines me is my
relationship to God. Just imagine this: I have the
privilege of being a child of God! God has loved
me so much that he has adopted me as
his child! This is something worthwhile. This is who
I really am, and I should act accordingly, as Christ
3. True Peace: Christ´s
great peace comes as a consequence of meditating on and
living out who I really am. When I meditate,
I discover that I am God’s creature. Suddenly, I find
the strength to face reality. Others will be unable
to exploit me, and I will stop exploiting others
because I am – and they are – children of
God. My dignity derives from this fundamental truth: I
was created in God’s image and likeness. I came
from God, and he is inviting me to return to
him and be happy with him for all eternity.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, I have
the bad habit of focusing on my doing. That is
why I am always anxious. I want to be
like you, Lord, seeing first who I am and letting
my activity flow from that. This will bring me
peace. However, Lord, I need your grace. Help me
to live as a true son or daughter.
Resolution: Today, I
will do two kind acts to someone who is troubled
in order to help them experience God’s love for