Why Not?

Peace be with you

Luke 24:36
Acts 3:13-15,17-19; Psalms 4:2,4,7-9; I John 2:1-5; Luke 24:35-48

Sermon Week/Year

Third Sunday of Easter, B

Ramsay MacDonald, one-time Prime Minister of England, was discussing with another government official the possibility of lasting peace. The latter, an expert on foreign affairs, was unimpressed by the Prime Minister’s idealistic viewpoint. “The desire for peace does not necessarily ensure it,” he remarked cynically.

“Quite true,” admitted MacDonald. “Neither does the desire for food satisfy your hunger, but at least it gets you started toward a restaurant.”

“My peace is My gift to you,” Jesus said to His disciples, “a peace the world cannot give” (Jn. 14:27). The Gospel writers want us to understand that, in and through Jesus Christ, God is constantly giving to us. He is giving Himself, giving His Love, giving His promise never to abandon us. He is giving His promise of ultimate, total fulfillment in that blessed peace of heart and mind and soul which the world can never give. And if your desire to receive the Peace of Christ is yet to be satisfied, at the very…

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