Malvern Minute


Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

May 4, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Acts of the Apostles 14:19-28

Psalm 145:10-13, 21

John 14:27-31


            Very soon it will be the season of farewells.  For many young people, the month of May and June marks graduation for high schools and colleges.  It is a time of mixed emotions; often tears of joy mix with tears of sorrow or fear.

            As friends say goodbye, the pain of separation rises to the surface; they search for just the right words of farewell, for ways to “stay in touch,” or for something which will help them remember the one they have grown to know and even love.        

            Today Jesus’ words form part of what is often called His “farewell discourse” in the Gospel narrative of Saint John.  Here, too, the season of farewell comes with well-chosen words on the part of Jesus and confusion, if not outright fear, on the part of His beloved friends.  However, true to human expectation, Jesus promises a farewell gift; “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”

          How different this promise is from the normal parting words wishing someone “Good luck, “or “I hope everything works out for you.”  Jesus’ promise of peace is not a well-wishing; rather, it is a promise of “presence.”  Even more than the “shalom” of His Jewish heritage, Jesus’ promised peace foreshadows a change, but an even more real relationship than had previously existed.

            Friends, to be aware of peace at work in the depth of our hearts, deeper than changing surface feelings or even the stresses and strains of daily life, is to know the presence of the risen Jesus.  Wishing a friend peace in their life for the future is a wonderful thing.  The Lord Jesus offers us His “Risen Peace.”   

Question of the Day:  Will you take the time today to taste this precious gift that Jesus offers each one of us?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I carry You deep in my heart.  Be with me until the end of my days.  Amen.


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