Reading: 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. (Luke 24:35-43)
Observation: I am hearing an admonition from our Lord this morning to not see our Lord as rising from the dead into the spiritual world only, but also into the physical world as well. He is saying to his disciples here that it is not enough that He rose from the dead to ascend to the Father, but we need to see the fact that He intended to be truly present in the flesh for eternity. Where others are not predisposed to receive the flesh in the Eucharist, we must be his body for him, and not just in words but in physical action. We must be prepared to do something to show the world that Jesus Christ is not only alive in Heaven, but also in the physical world that we live in. If we can go about making him present in real flesh to others, we will be building the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Then we will understand the words that Jesus says to his disciples here…”Peace be with you.”
Personification: Peace – Quiet, inner confidence that keeps us from feeling uptight and anxious. Focusing on the fruit of peace makes sense for today, since it is the fruit that Jesus is offering to his disciples in the Gospel reading for today. However, it is not easy to display this fruit amidst the turmoil and chaos of this world. What I am hearing Jesus say today in the Gospel reading is that if we can truly focus on His real presence in the Eucharist and making him come to life for others who are not receiving Communion, we can have this peace in our hearts.
Prayer: Lord, create in me a new zeal for your sacred body and blood that you gave me to nourish me. Remind me that you are still truly present on this earth in the form of consecrated bread and wine and you will be with me in that form and in the form of everyone who receives it, until you come again in glory. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.