Here is part of today’s Gospel, from St Luke: ‘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’.

Jesus’ Easter greeting is always, ‘Peace’. The original Greek word comes probably from a verb meaning ‘to join’ – in this way, peace is shown as things coming together, fragmentation healed, rest attained. The Hebrew word, ‘Shalom’, means completeness, soundness, welfare, and by implication, prosperity. All of these, taken together, enrich the meaning of Our Lord’s greeting.

May His peace rest upon you this day, and may God bless you.