Thursday, April 20, 2006

Peace Be with You

While they were still speaking about this,he 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? Luke 24:35-38

One thing I love about this reading, is Jesus standing in their midst and them not seeing him. Just as when he had done the breaking of bread and then he vanished from the one's who traveled to Emmaus. This is not so much a miracle but more of the fact that Jesus was revealing His Divine Nature to reinforce what has been written. This is needed for us to see the truth. Should Jesus not have risen and revealed himself, we would not have this testimony.

"Peace Be With You," he says to them. So they will not jump out of their skin, frightened, but they were anyway. I can imagine their feeling a bit uneasy, after all, they saw what happened to him, and the likelihood of Jesus being there and alive, is to put it mildly, a shock to them. I think it would be a shock to us too.

The questions Jesus asks them, should say a lot. We ask these questions too, yet for different reasons. Why are we troubled? Why do questions arise in our hearts about the reality of God? The apostles shouldn't have been troubled, after all they were with Jesus for three years, knowing he is the Son of God. Even though this is true they still questioned, just as we do today. Do we often wonder what our reactions would be, if we were the one's in Jesus' time. But for us it is different, we have their testimony, so should he appear standing next to us, we would know without a doubt it is him. It is only when we lack faith in God, that we would be frightened of the truth

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