Sixth Sunday Easter May 9th 2010 Gospel Reflection

This is last post from me until 15th May -I  am away on my travels. I hope for the unstructured time that a holiday brings and some rest and peace( both worldly and Christ's kind !!).

Sorry if these are a bit rushed but the ironing and packing took priority !!

I have posted something for this Sunday's gospel and ahead of time a post for Pentecost so I wish everyone all the blessings of the Holy Spirit and hope you don't forget to come back to me !!!

Meanwhile Carl McColman at Anamchara has this to say about Worldly v Christ's peace which is neat.

I think “worldly” peace is merely the absence of conflict: it’s a negative peace. Christ’s peace, by contrast, is a positive peace: not primarily the absence of something, but rather the presence of something: of God’s own Self, of the presence of the profound integral being-in-joy and being-in-delight and being-in-love. 

This being has nothing to prove and nothing to achieve, so of course it is profound rest.
I’m not sure that human beings can fully participate in this being endlessly and still remain human. 
That seems to be fundamentally contradictory. 
But we can partially participate in it, and more fully participate from time to time (say, during sabbath or deep meditation). The deeper we go, the more peaceful/restful it gets."

Click here for link to all scripture readings for this Sunday's Mass
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me.

“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.

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.”


claire said...

Have a wonderful vacation!

Tim said...

Safe travels, Phil! Rest and relax and reflect.


Elizabeth Mahlou said...

This is a great definition of the difference between worldly peace and Christ's peace.