While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” - Lk 24:36
When I read and imagine Jesus saying "Peace be with you" directly to me, I can feel His peace wash over me, but amidst all the obstacles, ups, and downs, I find myself struggling to keep myself open to receiving His peace. In a world where I am constantly surrounded by noise, mobile phones, television, and negative voices, I too often find it difficult to keep His peace inside my heart.
Over the years, I have come to realize that when I stop to become more aware of anything other than the fruit of peace bubbling up in my heart, I can also stop to remember that Jesus died on the cross for me and has risen so that he can conquer death and all things not of God. It is during these times that I can remember that he died so that I can have life after death and that I should not let anything else take over my heart.
Lord, may Your peace remain in my heart from the moment I wake up to the moment I lay my head down to sleep. May I have the awareness of Your movements so that I can push away anything other than Your presence in the sacred spaces of my heart.
Reflected by Theresa Hoang Dung Tran