Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
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. Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.”
Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Hiding out from those who had crucified Jesus, the disciples had barely digested the news of Jesus’ appearance on the road to Emmaus when suddenly he stands among them. Can you imagine the emotions they felt—that you would feel if a deceased loved one shows up in your living room? Joy, confusion, disbelief. Hesitation, shock, fear. Utter amazement!
Jesus understands his friends’ emotional roller coaster, so he calms their inner chaos: “Peace be with you.”
A few days before, the disciples had deserted Jesus. Were they afraid he would be angry and disappointed with them? Yet there is not a hint of reproach when Jesus reassures them, “It is I myself.” No blaming or shaming. Just peace. And Jesus is hungry—for something to eat and the companionship of his friends.
Are you hungry for the peace that Jesus offers? Today take refuge in quiet companionship with him breathing in his peace.
—Diane Amento Owens is a spiritual director who encourages her directees to see the world through the lens of Ignatian spirituality.
Risen Lord, you stand beside me
Offering your loving companionship, your peace
Your refuge and your reassurance.
Calm my fears and my insecurities
So that I may freely carry your peace to those
I encounter today. Amen.
—Diane Amento OwensPlease share the Good Word with your friends!