Commentary on the Gospel of

Fr. Johnson Joseph Thurackal CMF


Jesus bestows on his disciples his shalom, God’s tranquillity, harmony, completeness. When Jesus gives us his shalom, he is in effect saying, “may you be full of well-being” or, “may health and prosperity be upon you.”

The bestowal of such peace is vital when my heart is troubled, or when I undergo physical violence, like Paul did in the first reading. 

Jesus is at peace with himself in the face of impending disaster, and Paul likewise.  What keeps them so much at ease? Love, and the conviction that stems out of love and obedience to one’s God-driven consciousness.


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