Easter Octave; Thursday,  Thursday, 20th April,2017  (Lk 24:36-44)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Jesus’ Peace: In today’s Gospel, when Jesus breathed “Peace” upon His disciples, their deep distress of Jesus suffering and death, turned into great Joy that overwhelmed them.  Have you experienced such “great Joy” of the Lord?  If not, be more open to receiving Our Risen Lord’s Spirit loving you at all times.

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

The disciples were still talking about all this when Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you!’ In a state of alarm and fright, they thought they were seeing a ghost. But he said, ‘Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts stirring in your hearts? See by my hands and my feet that it is I myself. Touch me and see for yourselves; a ghost has no flesh and bones as you can see I have.’ 

And as he said this he showed them his hands and his feet. Their joy was so great that they still could not believe it, as they were dumbfounded; so he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ And they offered him a piece of grilled fish, which he took and ate before their eyes. Then he told them, ‘This is what I meant when I said, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets and in the Psalms, was destined to be fulfilled.’ 

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • The apostles were frightened and were hiding in the upper room. Their leader, Jesus is dead and gone.  They had reached an abyss of helplessness.

  • During such “rock bottom” moments, the Risen Lord appeared to them to reassure them that He is truly Risen. They all experienced renewed hope and peace in their lives.

  • Such gifts of the Risen Christ will also be given to us if we open our hearts to His Spirit who will be our strength and peace in the good and “rock bottom” moments of our lives.