Tuesday, 17 April, 2012 06:08 Written by caribbeanfaith
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
John 20: 21-22
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. NRSV
I read this scripture and tears welled up in my eyes. The fact that Jesus came and brought peace to His disciples was a beautiful thing. They would need it in the days up ahead not just because of the sheer volume of work to be done but the challenges that they would face. Many of us keep searching for this elusive peace but God promises us this peace. Whatever we ask of God in earnestness, He will give to us. The tug-of-war of modern life can really get to us. We are convinced that much of what we are doing is important, but I find myself scrutinizing what we do and I am coming to the conclusion that we have been jinxed. I am walking in the subway of 42nd Street and all I can hear in mind’s ear are the words from a well known hymn, ‘the busy tribe of flesh and blood with all its cares and tears, they fly forgotten as a dream, are lost in following years.’ You see, all that we hold dear will soon be a memory and we may regret that we did not truly discern the things of real import. H.G. Wells said, ‘the crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.’ When we receive God’s peace and the anointing of the Holy Spirit then and only then will we get our priorities straight, and when we do, all will be well. What will our legacy be?