Here is part of today’s Gospel reading, from St John: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid’.

St John Chrysostom commented: ‘”Peace I leave to you” – all but saying, “What are you harmed by the trouble of the world, provided ye be at peace with Me?” For this peace is not of the same kind as that. The one is external, is often mischievous and unprofitable, and is no advantage to those who possess it; but I give you peace of such a kind that you be at peace with one another, which thing renders you stronger’. St Benedict, in his Holy Rule, cautions not to make a ‘feigned peace’. Rather, let us receive the peace which the Risen Lord gives us, and which we in turn pass on to others.

May the Lord bless your heart with peace this day, and give you the grace to pass it on to all those whom you meet.