Jesus stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts?”
Jesus appeared to His disciples after the resurrection…the ones who had abandoned Him…the ones who had turned their backs and ran away. But Jesus didn’t return with threats of reprisal and punishment. He didn’t even call them on the carpet and scold them. No…instead Jesus said, “Peace be with you.” We’ve all been there. We’ve all turned our backs on Jesus. We’ve all chosen our own selfish interests over choices we knew were the more caring and compassionate to others. We have all been troubled and have doubted. But we are told that the risen Christ stood in the midst of all who had turned their backs on Him and offered “peace.” Fear and doubt dissolve in the presence of the Risen Christ. This is the Love that holds all things together…the so-called “good” and “bad”…and offers the peace of acceptance. The peace of Christ is with you. Pass it on to someone else today.
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