In our gospel today Jesus is speaking to his disciples on the night before he died. He knows this is his “last supper” with his disciples and that his death will cause them pain and a little loss of hope. So Jesus shares with them his peace. He says: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you.”
In the 1980’s the Bishops of the United States wrote a Pastoral Letter on War and Peace. One of the most profound lines in this letter is: “Peacemaking is not an optional commitment. It is a requirement of faith. We are called to be peacemakers, not by some movement of the moment, but by our Lord Jesus.”
Jesus is both the peace-maker and the peace-giver. He gives us his peace and asks us to share that peace with others. Do you share peace or promote violence? Do you follow Jesus’ call to peace or the world’s call to revenge? Do you seek healing or foster hurt? We are called to be peacemakers …by our Lord Jesus.