Gospel: Luke 24:35-48
The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way,
and how Jesus was made known to them
in the breaking of bread.
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?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones
as you can see I have."
And as he said this,
he showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
he asked them, "Have you anything here to eat?"
They gave him a piece of baked fish;
he took it and ate it in front of them.
He said to them,
"These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,
that everything written about me in the law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled."
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And he said to them,
"Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things."
Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, draw my heart into silence, into the presence of Jesus, that I may love Him, adore Him, rest in Him. Open my heart to hear his gentle voice. Amen.
"Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts?" How beautiful is this gentle question from Jesus. He comes carrying His peace but His disciples aren't ready to receive it. They think they are seeing a ghost and are "startled and terrified." So Jesus "makes room" by trying to draw out of their heart the fear that is paralyzing them. "Why are you troubled? And why to questions arise in your hearts?" Perhaps hear Jesus ask you this. See Him look at you and address you by name, asking you, "Why are you troubled?" Still in the grace-filled season of Easter the Lord desires to enter the dark corridors of our hearts, with blazing pascal candle in hand, wishing to dispel by his presence all that binds us in fear. What is it that when Jesus says, "Peace be with you" prevents you from receiving that peace? Is there something that makes you respond, "I would be peaceful if..."? Bring this into the light of His Face, listen to His reply: "Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself."
Prayer: "Jesus in my heart, I believe in your tender love for me. I love you Jesus." -St. Mother Teresa