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.
Reflection by Janet Derby
The disciples have recently experienced trauma and are trying to make sense of the hopeful signs in their midst. It seems too much to believe that life will go on after what they have been through. They must be wondering if normalcy will return or if they can adjust to a new normal. Jesus offers them peace, but this feels out of reach. Sometimes, all we can do is to go through the motions of ordinary life. Despite feeling that nothing will ever be normal again after suffering loss, we get up in the morning, go to work, and share meals, even when there is an empty chair at the table. We persist until those activities again bring a sense of meaning, peace, and even joy back again.
Wondrous God, thank you for being present with us in our times of grief and sadness and confusion. Help us to feel your peace and to extend it to others in need. Amen.