May 1, 2011: 2nd Sunday of Easter
On the evening of the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the companions of Jesus had gathered out of fear, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. They were glad when they saw him.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.” (John 20:19-21)
Remember, Easter lasts for 50 days! We will continue to read and hear stories in the Gospel about Jesus’ resurrection.
In today’s Gospel from John, Jesus appears to his friends who are hiding because they are afraid for their own lives.
As we read and hear this whole Gospel story, we find out that Thomas was not with the others when Jesus first appeared. And when they told him they had seen Jesus, he did not believe them. However, he eventually sees and believes in the Risen Lord.
“Peace be with you.”
Jesus is the source of our peace.
Jesus wants us to live in peace.
Jesus invites us to be peaceful people. As a disciple of Jesus, be a peacemaker.