“Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” (John 14: 27)
Peace in today’s Gospel (John 14:27-31), does not essentially mean “feel good” or “lack of violence” – it is about the covenant relationship with God that no one or nothing can take away (see Romans chapter 8, especially verse 38-39: “For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”)
It is peace with God because Jesus as Savior reconciled us on the Cross and sealed it with the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Saint Eugene writing to his mother in 1811 (XIV n 93):
But would we want to win heaven at no cost to ourselves? No; so let us place all these contradictions at the foot of the cross of our good Jesus; let us offer him throughout the day all that we are doing to please him, and after that let us be at peace.
He urges her to unite herself more often with Jesus in prayer, especially in his Eucharistic presence:
Dear mother, are you not going a little more often to the source of all consolation? Cannot you hear this Saviour, who calls to you from his tabernacle: Dear soul, why am I humbled here like this? Is it in vain that I keep on re-echoing these selfsame words that I said to my disciples: come to me, all you who labour and are heavy-laden: come and I will give you rest, and restore you; unite with me in this intimate union for which I remained with you, and balm will flow in your veins, and your soul will be filled, strengthened, renewed.
This is the same assurance that Jesus gives to his disciples at the Last Supper as he prepares them for a different way of living in a world that is rapidly changing for them. We, too, are his disciples adjusting to new realities and to us he says: Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”