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Tuesday of 5th Week of Easter, year ’B’ Mardi de la 5e semaine de Pâques

“Jesus said, ’If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.”

Ac.14,19-28 Ps.144 Jn.14,27-31a

Tuesday of 5th Week of Easter, 26th April 2016

“Jesus said to his disciples : If you love me, you would be glad to hear I am going to my father, because the Father is greater than I am.”

Ac.14,19-28 Ps.144 Jn.14,27-31a

“Peace I leave with you, my own Peace I give you, a peace which the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”

Jesus’ desire is that the world knows His love for the Father, that He has always done as the Father has commanded him to do! And so the path offered to us consists in contemplation of Him and in allowing the Word of filiation rise up in us.

Peace is here, a Peace that is new and eternal ; trouble and fright will be at the Cross. Jesus speaks in perspective of the Cross, he leaves us his Peace, and pays the sorrowful price of his departure from this world.

Faced with the Apostles’ fright, Jesus announces the Peace he will give to the disciples and which the world cannot receive. In his liberty, Jesus is determined to accomplish the work of Love of the Father who will save the world and who manifests the union of Love he has with his Father.

’If you loved me, you would be in joy because I leave for the Father, for the Father is greater than I.’

The One sent from the Father has thus manifested Himself accomplishing his Work of Peace. On the Cross, through his death, Jesus will conquer death and fear. Thus he proved His Merciful Love for humanity. In our life, suffering is unavoidable since the day sin came into the world. And God, in His Infinite Love has given us the means to have Peace amidst pain.

“You have heard me say : ’I am going away and shall return. If you loved me you would be glad I am going to the Father for the Father is greater than I. I have told you this now, before it happens so that when it does happen, you may believe.”

Before leaving them, Jesus comes to the disciples. He comes back to the Father, this double movement that Christ has establishes the link that bears faith :’I am going away, and I am coming back to you.’ And also ’I am going to the Father.’

By His very existence, Jesus gives us the means to have a relationship between the Father and ourselves. Our human sorrow united to that of Jesus becomes a sacrifice that saves us from evil and from sin. On Christ’s Cross, the whole of human suffering was bought back.

Jesus comes back to the source that is His Father, Jesus does His Will, even if it costs Him to drink from this Cup :

’Lord, take this cup away, but not what I wish, what you wish.’

Jesus anchors down our fidelity and from this will depend our peace. God Love calls for an unconditional Love, Jesus’ Love provokes our love as the disciple we are, and so we become attached to Him with the same Love He is attached to the Father.

“I shall not talk to you much longer, because the prince of this world is on his way. He has no power over me, but the world must recognise that I love the Father and that I act just as the Father commanded. Come now, let us leave this place.”

Jesus responds to what we ask for, he will always respond, by being available to all, in his state as the Risen Lord who bears all things, bringing everything together. All this is the fruit of a story that comes to an end. At our request, a new creation is initiated, the dialogue comes down to our own initiative. Happy are we if we discover it. It is a question of us joining Jesus in an adhesion of faith, hope, with a totally new Love.

The unconditioned Love of Jesus for his Father and the disciple towards Jesus is cleared of any control by the liar

’I shall tell you these things now and henceforth I shall not be speaking very much with you.’

Jesus shows us the absolute exclusivity of love that engenders great silence in which we understand Church peace, and that the peace of the faithful is the fruit of Infinite Love. Faith in this Love is our life’s wealth, the apostles understand this message when Jesus will come back from the dead. The absolute trust Jesus has in the Father is a way of Life! From now on it is this Love we carry to Jesus.

We ask for the grace to receive the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, the Consoler.

TUESDAY of 5th WEEK of EASTER

“Peace I leave you, my Peace I give you, a Peace which the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”

There will be troubled hearts and fear at the Cross, this is what Jesus is talking about. He leaves His Peace, but at the price of his painful departure from the world. We can read these words said before the sacrifice on the Cross, written after the Resurrection.Through his death on the Cross, Jesus conquered death and fear. He does not give his Peace ’as the world gives’, but he does so by going through pain and humiliation : in this way he proves how His Love is a Merciful one for humanity. From the time sin entered the world, suffering became inevitable. At times it is physical pain; at other times moral suffering; at other times a spiritual suffering…and, sooner or later, each one of us must die. But God, in His Infinite Love, has given us the means to have Peace amidst pain and suffering : He accepted “to go away” from this world in a painful ’departure’, enveloped by serenity. Now the apostles were faced with unbelievable “things”, but these ’things’ had been announced by Jesus.’ From now on I shall not speak much with you,’ he had said. Before the frightened apostles, Jesus announces the Peace he will give, a Peace the world does not know. In his freedom, Jesus is determined to accomplish the Father’s work which is a Love that will save the world. This Love manifests the Loving union he has with His Father.

’ If you loved me you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.“The One sent by the Father has thus manifested himself, accomplishing a work of Peace.”You heard me say : I am going away and I shall return.If you loved me you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you this now before it happens, so that when it does happen you may believe.“Why did Jesus want things to be like this? Human pain united to that of Christ becomes a sacrifice that saves us from evil and from sin.”On the Cross of Christ(…)every human suffering has been bought.“(St. John Paul II). Jesus suffers in serenity, because his act of painful obedience by which he willingly offers himself to the Father is for our Salvation. But how to remain in peace, when the one who is peace for the disciples by his presence is going away ’I am going away but will return.’ ? Jesus gives us an indication, He is going back to the Source , His Father. He loves his Father totally and unconditionally : all that the Father says, Jesus does, even if it costs him to drink from this Cup : ’Lord, take away this Cup, but not my will, your Will be done.’ And so Jesus gives us the possibility to anchor our fidelity and this will depend upon our peace. God who is Love brings about an unconditional Love, the Love of Jesus provokes that of his disciples, they are attached to him with the same Love that Jesus is attached to the Father.”I shall not talk to you much longer, because the prince of this world is on his way. He has no power over me, but the world must recognise that I love the Father and that I act just as the Father commanded. Come now, let us go."

An unknown author of the second century attributes these words to Christ : ’ See on my face the spit I received for you so as to restore a place for you in paradise. See on my cheeks the trace of whipping I underwent in order to re-establish your destroyed beauty into my image. See on my back the trace of whipping I received so as to remove from your back the load of sins there. See my hands that were solidly nailed to the wood because of you….’.

For the disciples, it is about adhering to Jesus in faith, hope, and with a totally new Love, similar to the One Jesus has for the Father. Jesus shows us the absolute exclusivity of Love. ’ I shall not talk to you much longer, because the prince of this world is on his way.He has no power over me, but the world must recognise that I love the Father.’ Jesus’ unconditional Love for the Father and that of the disciple for Jesus has nothing of the power of the Liar, prince of this world :

’He has no power over me. ’We come to the understanding of how peace in the Church, peace amongst the faithful, is the fruit of Infinite Love. Faith in this Love enriches our life. The apostles will understand this message when Jesus will come back from the dead. This absolute confidence Jesus has for the Father is a path to Life! Henceforth, the disciples will bear this Love towards Jesus.

Let us ask for the grace of the Holy Spirit who comforts and consoles.