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Inner peace

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Inner peace

Today, as the church remembers St John Chrysostom, let’s reflect on what he has to say about inner peace.  Here, he is preaching on 1 Tim 2:2-4 and has just stated that there are ‘three very grievous kinds of war’: war between nations, war between individuals and thirdly ‘when an individual is at war with himself, which is the worst of all.’

‘For what advantage is it, that the world enjoys profound peace, if you are at war with yourself?  This [inner peace] then is the peace we should keep. If we have it, nothing from without will be able to harm us.’

Inner peace is is nothing less than a gift from God; the gift He gives when we give ourselves to Him.  It is that sense of peace that enables us to see beyond the present chaos of time to the future peace of eternity.  And of course  it is portable: even when chaos reigns all around us, we can carry within us that deep sense of peace that comes from utter dependence on God.  For as the golden-mouthed preacher says in another homily,

I have his promise; I am surely not going to rely on my own strength! I have what he has written; that is my staff, my security, my peaceful harbour. Let the world be in upheaval. I hold to his promise and read his message; that is my protecting wall and garrison. What message? Know that I am with you always, until the end of the world!

 

St John Chrysostom, pray for us.

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