Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”
And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence. Then 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, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.”
Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
I have to smile as I read Jesus’ question today, “Why are you frightened?” (or “Why are you troubled” in other translations). His followers just witnessed his horrible death, they are in fear of being killed, as his followers, and now he stands among them and they think they are seeing a ghost. It would seem they have every right to be troubled!
However, Jesus greets them with his promise, Peace be with you! He is pretty matter of fact about it, like it really is no big deal. I can see Jesus’s point.
In him we live and move have our being. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. We will do greater work than these.
Most of what troubles us lives in the past or the future but not in the present, not in the here and now.
Why are we troubled? Can we let peace be our way today instead of worry, discord, anxiety or resentment?
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.
—St. Teresa of Avila