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12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit… PEACE

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on May 15, 2017

His PEACE be with you ALWAYS…

Recap of the previous FRUITS…

(1) Charity – Cause us to perform our actions out of love for God

Compliments Wisdom and Piety

“The virtue which inclines us to love God above all things for His own sake, AND our neighbor for the sake of God. In the Old Testament the word charity occurs three times, the same Hebrew word being elsewhere translated LOVE (Prov. 10:12; Song. 2:4; 8:7).” ~Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Bible, Welcome to the Catholic Church, CD-ROM, emphasis added

CHARITY = LOVE (Agape = Love of God, not to be confused with Eros = love of man)…

Read more about Charity…

THE SECOND FRUIT… JOY!

(2) Joy – Keeps us happily aware of God’s infinite goodness

Companion to UNDERSTANDING and PIETY

 “God is Love” (cf. 1John 4: 8, 16), and love is His first gift, containing all others. “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us,” (Romans 5:5).  ~CCC§733

And as one can read, Joy is a RESULT of CHARITY which is LOVE…

Read more about JOY…

TODAY’S FRUIT : PEACE…

(3) Peace – Results from joy and renders us tranquil

Also a companion to Piety and Understanding

“Harmony between God and man and between men among themselves. The fall of our first parents disturbed this harmony. Sin constituted man an enemy of God (Rom. 5:10) and there was need of a reconciliation.”

“It was the promised Messiah… marked out to bring this reconciliation and restore peace to man. Our Lord and Savior brought peace of soul to all men who would receive Him (Luke 2:14; John 14:27).” ~ Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Bible, Welcome to the Catholic Church, CD-ROM.

For St. Paul gives us this good ‘rule of thumb’…

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the One Body. And be thankful.  

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. ~ Col 3: 15-17, emphasis added

For…

Peace was the precious fruit of His suffering and death for us (Luke 24:36; Rom. 1:5). The soul of a Christian should enjoy the peace of Christ (Phil. 4:7; Col. 3:15). God is a God of Peace (1 Thess. 5:23). The godless cannot enjoy true peace (Is. 48:22).” emphasis added

“Christ taught His Apostles to wish peace to all with whom they came in contact (Matt. 10:12) and He frequently greeted His disciples with ‘Peace be to you’ (John 20:21, 26; Luke 24: 36).” Ibid, emphasis added

Christ’s direction to His Apostles AND to us as well…

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard Me say to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. ~ Jn 14: 27-28

An Example of this frequently given by…

“Paul wishes the same peace to his Christians at the beginning of all his letters. He also exhorts all Christians to live in peace with one another (Rom. 12:18; Eph. 4:3; Heb. 12:14), for it is a characteristic of those who belong to Christ.” Ibid, emphasis added

WE SHOULD DESIRE PEACE…

But we should desire the RIGHT kind of PEACE.  ONLY the PEACE from GOD will give us what we desire…

Respect for and development of human life require peace. Peace is not merely the absence of war, and it is not limited to maintaining a balance of powers between adversaries.

PEACE CANNOT BE ATTAINED  on earth WITHOUT SAFEGUARDING the goods of persons, free communication among men, RESPECT AND DIGNITY OF PERSONS AND PEOPLE, and the assiduous practice of fraternity.

Peace is “the tranquility of order,” (St. Augustine, De civ. Dei, 19, 13, 1). Peace is the work of justice and the effect of charity (cf. Is 32:17). ~CCC§2304, emphasis added

For we are told IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS that…

One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23. Peace is a goal of Christian living, as indicated by Jesus who said “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God”. The Fifth Commandment requires us to preserve and work for peace [that is no war, no killing of neighbor], which was defined by St. Augustine as “the tranquility of order,” and which is the work of justice and the effect of CHARITY. ~ Glossary, Catechism of the Catholic Church, emphasis added

So once again, in the accepting of the HOLY SPIRIT, desiring to receive His GIFTS that bear GREAT FRUIT we can fully TRUST and TRULY BELIEVE that…

By this power of the Spirit, God’s children can bear much fruit. He who has grafted us onto the true vine will make us bear “the fruit of the Spirit: . . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control,” (cf. Gal 5: 22-23).  “We live by the Spirit”; the more we renounce ourselves, the more we “walk by the Spirit,” (Gal 5:25; cf. Mt 16:24-26).

“Through the Holy Spirit we are restored to paradise, led back to the Kingdom of heaven, and adopted as children, given confidence to call God ‘Father’ and to share in Christ’s grace, called children of light and given a share in eternal glory.” ~ St. Basil, De Spiritu Sancto, 15, 36.

~ CCC§736

AND SO WE CLOSE…

With the words of St. Paul – that wonderful evangelist who held back NOTHING…

LISTEN and BELIEVE!

HAVE NO ANXIETY about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Phil 4: 6-7, emphasis added

Recommended Reading:

Soon Arrival of Pentecost
7 GIFTS of the Holy Spirit

Removing the Restrainer

Lesson in Sacred Scripture
Part I
Part II
Part III

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…Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday and more…Part III

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on April 14, 2017

Come to My Most Sacred Heart…

The Divine Mercy Novena begins today! Visit HERE… It’s printable, too.

READING : 1 Peter 2:21-24 (Evening Prayer, Good Friday, emphasis added)

Christ suffered for you and left you an example, to have you following His footsteps.  He did no wrong; no deceit was found in His mouth.  When He was insulted, He returned no insultWhen He was made to suffer, He did not counter with threats.  Instead, He delivered Himself up to the One who judges justly.  In His own body He brought your sins to the Cross, so that all of us, dead to sin, could live in accord with God’s Will.  By His wounds you were healed.

The Word of the Lord… Thanks be to God…

Good Friday and Holy Saturday

Whew!  What a mouth-full…I might have to consider shortening the title… 🙂

But until then, let us begin our focus, that is The Passion of Christ that leads to His Resurrection and gives us a better understanding of the Mercy that is ours, especially on DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY, the SECOND Sunday of Easter.

THE PASSION: First Sorrowful Mystery: Agony in the Garden

BETRAYAL!

And they went to a place which was called Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here, while I pray.” And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled.  And He said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch.” ~Mk 14: 32-34

It is here that we begin…it is here that we see Jesus in His full humanity.  Sorrowful, even unto death, wanting nothing more than to have the support of His most intimate friends, those whom He chose to witness His very GLORY in the Godhead at His Transfiguration:

This is My Beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him.

And after six days Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart. And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became white as light. ~Mt 17: 1-2

But for whatever reason, His most intimate friends, those He trusted so much to stay with Him and pray for that which was to come, they could NOT stay awake.  They did not follow His request to PRAY and WATCH.  In a very real sense, Jesus was betrayed in that they failed Him when He needed them most…

And He came and found them sleeping, and He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” ~Mk 14: 37-38

For Jesus’ hour was fast approaching when another kind of betrayal would fall upon Him and Jesus would be turned over to those who had plotted and schemed His death almost from the very earliest moments of His ministry…

“What are we to do?  For this man performs many signs.  If we let Him go on thus, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation!”

“You know nothing at all;  you do not understand that it is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation should not perish.” ~Jn 11: 47b-48, 49b-50

And what did Jesus in His humanity pray?  How did Jesus feel about the coming persecution that He KNEW He was about to endure?  Mark’s Gospel account tell us that…

Father if it be possible…Not My will but Yours Be done!

And going a little farther, He fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.  And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to Thee; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what Thou will.” ~Mk 14: 35-36

Three times Jesus prayed, three times He struggled against the temptation to give in to the flesh and flee from what was before Him.  But Jesus knew His Father would strengthen Him in His most desperate hour of need.

Which is why John’s Gospel account has Jesus proclaiming God’s triumph and Matthew’s Gospel account demonstrates that TOTAL TRUST the Son has for the Father and gives US the example we need to also follow in the TOTAL TRUST of OUR FATHER…

…He lifted His eyes to Heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son that the Son may glorify Thee, since Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom Thou hast given Him…” ~Jn 17: 1b-2

“My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, Thy will be done.” ~Mt 26:42b

Resolved and ready to face what Jesus knew needed to be for the Salvation of the World, and the fulfillment of the Promise the Father made to Abraham, Jesus went to His chosen friends to WAKE THEM UP and prepare them for the Unthinkable!

And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him. And He came the third time, and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come; the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.” ~Mk 14: 40-42

One other thought of profound significance… Could this also be for US?  Has not our Lord sent His Blessed Mother to us numerous times to try and WAKE US UP! to the sins we are committing and the fruit of death that we are now harvesting?  WAKE UP!  For our betrayer is at hand!  Cling to Christ, He is our ONLY SALVATION!

Now I switch over to John’s Gospel account because I simply love the reaction of these temple soldiers who came out with “torches and weapons”, against ONE MAN, in the dark of night, with just a handful of his followers present …Okay… what were they afraid of ?  Perhaps their hearts knew even if their mind’s did not WHO it was they were arresting…

Then Jesus, knowing all that was to befall Him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?”  They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I AM He.”

When He said to them, “I AM He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. ~Jn 18: 4-5, 6

I love that John tell us this, that the soldiers “drew back and fell to the ground”, all because Jesus identified Himself with the words spoken to Moses…

I AM Who I AM

“I AM Who I AM…Say to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’ “ ~Exod 3: 14

Yet despite this minor set back, the temple guards did manage to cease Jesus, but not without a little tousle given by Peter who had his sword and decided to draw it out and use it…

Jesus answered, “I told you that I AM He; so, if you seek Me, let these men go.”

Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s slave and cut off his right ear. The slave’s name was Malchus. Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup which the Father has given Me?” ~Jn 18: 8, 10-11

It’s in the Gospel account of Luke that we learn of Judas’ part in the betrayal as he was the one to identify Jesus with a kiss…

Would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?

…there came a crowd and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them.  He drew near to Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” ~Lk 22: 47-48


It’s also in this account that we hear of Jesus’ healing the ear of the soldiers whom Peter had cut off when he had drawn his sword…

And He touched his [Malichus] ear and healed him. ~Lk 22:51b

Peter followed from a distance…

All four Gospel accounts tell of Peter’s “following at a distance” because we all know that Jesus told Peter…

“I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this day, until you three times deny that you know Me.” Lk 22:34

Yet do not be deceived, for Jesus ALSO KNEW that Peter would repent of this action and thus be ready to strengthen his fellow brethren who also could not stay by the Savior’s side…

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren. Lk 22: 31-32

So even though Peter experiences that devastating blow with the fulfillment of the Savior’s words…

…three times you will deny Me… cf Mt 34c; see Lk 22:55-62; Mt 26: 69-75; Mk 14: 66-72

Peter will gather his brethren together during Holy Saturday and await for the news of Jesus Resurrection as witness by the women…but I’m jumping ahead.

He was brought before Caiaphas…

The trial before Caiaphas is anything but real, many come before them making false accusations (Mt 26:60), about the Savior King, the guards hit and buffet Jesus without cause (Lk 22:63; Jn 18:22), and through it all Jesus never spoke any words of hate or falsehood, but only of the beauty of the TRUTH that was His from the Father…

“But I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” ~Mt 26:64b

Which is a DIRECT REFERENCE of the coming Kingdom of God that was revealed to us AFTER Jesus ascended into heaven and the disciple whom Jesus Loved was an old man in exile on the Greek island of Patmos…

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth;…And I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men.  He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more…for the former things have passed away.”

And He who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” ~Rev 21: 1a, 2-4b, 4c, 5a

Words, that if you did watch Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, that were uttered by Jesus when He met His mother on His Way of the Cross.  Jesus’ Passion and Death DID make all things NEW!

Jesus’ words were enough to condemn Him in the eyes of the Sanhedrin and fulfilled the desires of the Pharisees that…

It is is best for One Man to die than a whole nation… ~cf Jn 11:50

Now all that needed to be done was to convince Pilate that Jesus was indeed a dangerous man and deserving of death.  And convince him they did…

“…the high priest [Caiaphas, this year] who is a puppet of the Romans and remains in power only as long as he is in favor with them, remembers the terrible destruction [of Jerusalem] under Pompey… fears that this will happen again, if some self-proclaimed Messiah stirs up the people again. National aspirations and the restoration of the Kingdom of David is in the air.” ~Fr Stevens, Homily, Saturday of the 5th Week of Lent.

“Are You the king of the Jews?”

So what does Caiaphas do?  He reminds Pontius Pilate that there can be no king but Caesar(Jn 19:12).  And this Jesus is making Himself into a king, so wouldn’t that threaten the current ruler, Caesar?  After all, Pilate examined Jesus himself and asked Him…

Are you the King of the Jews? ~Jn 18:33c

Jesus asks Pilate if this question comes from him – Pilate – or because this is what those who are seeking His death have said?  Pilate answers Him…

“Am I a Jew?  Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me; what have you done?” Jn 18:35

This begins one of the most interesting discourses between God and man.  Here is a man, Pilate, who has charge of an outpost in the Roman Empire that is notorious for dissenters, zealots, and assassins who would love nothing better than to be rid of the Romans…

…Judas the Cicarii, one of the political assassins whose hatred of the Romans drove them to violence… ~Fr Clifford Stevens, Homily, Tuesday of Holy Week.

And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. ~Mk 15:7

He released a man who had been thrown in prison for insurrection and murder, whom they asked for; ~Lk 23:25

So Pilate really wants to understand why all this fuss…what’s the real reason for the religious leaders turning this man who seemed quite innocent, over to him to be put to death?…

For he knew it was out of envy that they had delivered Him up. ~Mt 27:18

So Jesus answers Pilate…

My kingship is not of this world; if… [it] were, My servants would fight, that I might not be handed over… ~Jn 18:36

[Pilate Answers] So you are a king? ~Jn 18:37

[Jesus responds] …For this I was born, for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth.  Every one who is of the truth hears My voice.” ~Jn 18:37b

Then Pilate reveals his true motives when he asks…

What is truth? ~Jn 18:38

Have nothing to do with this Man…

So, Pilate being full aware of the turmoil that existed because of the occupation by the Romans was not interested in starting anything new.  The mere fact that he could not find any guilt in Jesus (Lk 23:14; Mk 15:14; Jn 18:38), and his wife sent him word telling him to leave Jesus alone (Mt 27:19), leaves the reader to see that Pilate was TRULY, only INTERESTED in KEEPING HIS JOB…

So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this righteous Man’s blood;…” ~Mt 27:24

…Pilate wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas; and having scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified. ~Mk 15:15

And their voices prevailed…Jesus he delivered up to their will. ~Lk 23: 22c, 25c

Then he handed Him over to them to be crucified. ~Jn 19:16

Pilate had the power to release Jesus (Jn 19:10), but he also knew that TRUTH was not something he wanted to deal with.  Pilate’s truth existed in maintaining his head on his shoulders, and to go against Caesar meant losing that head.

“If you release this Man, you are not Caesar’s friend; every one who makes himself a king sets himself against Caesar!” ~Jn 19: 12b, emphasis added.

And they crucified Him…

Jesus is lead off to be put to death, a criminal’s death for He had two criminals crucified along with Him (Lk 23:32).  His hands and feet were fixed to the Cross, His garments were divided among the soldiers (Jn 19: 23-24), and prophecy upon prophecy was fulfilled (Ps 22:18, Ps 69:21; Is 2-6, Zech 12:10), and most importantly sin lost its grip on humanity!

“O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. ~1 Cor 15: 15c-17

Such was given to us on that fate-filled day, when the Lamb was slain, when the Church was born by His own blood and water which flowed from His side (Jn 19: 34-35), and the veil in the temple – that which separated God from the everyman – was torn in half with an earthquake that followed.  Many of the Roman soldiers then exclaimed…

“Truly this man was the Son of God!” ~Mk 15:39c

None so great a testimony to this was the Resurrection of the Son of God that followed three days later as Jesus predicted it would…

“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and He will be raised on the third day.” ~Mt 20:18-19

And it is because of that Resurrection Christ gives us His most GLORIOUS GIFT –  His DIVINE MERCY!

Watch and REMEMBER what our Lord, Jesus Christ, SUFFERED for US!

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