From today’s Gospel, from St Luke: ‘Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you”’.

St Bede the Venerable commented: ‘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.” The angels seen soon after he was born also proclaimed the grace of this favour to the shepherds, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will.” … The apostle also wrote about him to those from among the nations who had believed. He said, “Coming, he brought the good news of peace to you who were from far off and peace to those who were near, since through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.”’

May you know Christ’s good gift of peace in your life today, and may God bless you.