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The Peace of Jesus Reflections

Peace is the ultimate gift that God wishes for all people.

Several Gospel passages include the words and wishes of Jesus that His followers will have peace in their lives.

This Peace of Jesus Rosary contains Gospel verses of Jesus’ words of peace.

Let these words sink into your mind and heart as you pray the decades of this peace rosary.

And, pray for peace – especially among those who are at war, or at odds with others.

The Five Decades

When you pray the five decades of this Peace of Jesus Rosary Reflection, use these five sayings of Jesus from the specific Gospel.

The Gospel passages are listed in parentheses after the decade.

For example, Luke 2:14 is the verse where the angels wish peace on earth.

Decade 1: Peace of Jesus’ Birth (Luke 2:13-14)

At the birth of Jesus, a choir of angels appeared to the shepherds. They announced the Good News and offer peace to people of goodwill.)

“And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:  “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Decade 2: Resting in Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30)

(In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus offers to give rest to those who are weary and burdened.

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

Decade 3: The Last Supper Peace (John 14:27)

(In Jesus’ farewell address, He offers the peace to His disciples, which only He could give.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

Decade 4: The Power to Overcome Trouble (John 16:33)

(Jesus warned his disciples that they would have trouble in the world. He has overcome all things and gives peace to those He loves.)

“I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.

Decade 5: The Resurrection Peace of Jesus. (John: 20:21)

(Jesus appeared to his disciples in the Upper Room after his death. He breathed on them and said, “Peace be with you.”)

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.  [Jesus] said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

What to Remember

These Gospel passages show that Jesus brings peace and that God wants His family – you and me – to be at peace with God, ourselves, and each other.

As a follower of Jesus, you have the same privilege: to live in the peace of Jesus and be at peace with all challenges of life.

When you take in the peace of Jesus and let that peace fill you, you feel more secure in God’s love and protection of you.

For instance, here are a few intentions to pray for:

  • For a greater peace in your body, mind, emotions and spirit.
  • That there will be greater peace in troubled areas where gun violence is rampant and innocent people are killed at random.
  • For all who are at war with one another, that they will be reconciled and act with love and care toward each other.
  • That peace will reign in politics, education, government, and society, that greater respect and reason will replace hate, division, and factions.

Feel free to pray the rosary using the Gospel when you want more peace or when you feel called to pray for others who need the peace of Jesus.

* Scripture passages are from the United Conference of Catholic Bishops website, https://usccb.org/bible
 
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