A peace the world cannot give
The end of Eastertide is near, Jesus is announcing the coming of the Holy Spirit as he prepares to return to his Father. In his farewell discourse to the disciples, he indicates what will happen and gives them his precious gift: his peace which the world cannot give (Gospel).
The leaders of the young Christian church have come to realise that, for Gentile converts, what matters is not to be burdened by external laws such as circumcision, but to keep to a few essential truths (First Reading).
Indeed, the blessings of the Lord are not only for the people of Israel, but for all nations and peoples (Psalm).
In striking language and images, the Second Reading shows us the New Jerusalem where the relationship between God and his people is so close that they do not need a Temple. God dwells with his people face to face and makes his home in them as Jesus told his disciples he would (Gospel).
This week then, I might want to pray particularly for God’s blessings and peace, as well as for an even greater closeness to him.