From today’s Gospel: ‘Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them’.

St Bede the Venerable commented on this passage in one of his homilies: ‘We must also see that when the Saviour appeared to His disciples, He immediately imposed on them the joys of peace. He repeated that same thing that is a part of the celebrated glory of immortality that He gave as a special pledge of salvation and life when He was about to go to His Passion and Death. “Peace I leave to you. My peace I give you”.

May we know that peace truly shed abroad in our hearts this Easter, and may God bless you.