In today’s Gospel, we hear how the disciples are listening to the account of how two of them, who have just returned from Emmaus, had met the risen Jesus. Suddenly Jesus is among them, greeting them with the words, ‘Peace be with you!’
The disciple’ first reaction is one of fear and alarm, but Jesus reassures them, and invites them to touch his hands and feet. Their feelings then turn into inexplicable joy. Jesus then explained how what had happened to him was all foretold in the Scriptures. Jesus is truly risen – he is still fully in our world. In the name of Jesus, who suffered, died and rose again, forgiveness of sin – reconciliation with God, was to be proclaimed to the whole world.
All around us there are people who have never heard the message of Jesus. Everyone needs to hear the greeting, ‘Peace be with you’, and to experience the peace that only Jesus can give. Can we be the ones to carry that message today, to even one person? If we all did that, we would reach a very large number of people.