The disciples told what had happened on the road, and how Jesus 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 grilled 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.
Nóirín Ní Riain, with the monks of Glenstal Abbey, sings a song in Irish, telling the story of the discovery of the empty tomb and proclaiming the Resurrection. As you begin to pray today, listen to the joy the deep desire expressed in this music to share the good news of the Resurrection, to share the hope and the joy that it brings…
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Luke.
Jesus’ first words here are to give peace to a group of disciples who are frightened and doubting. What part of your own life at the moment is most in need of the risen Christ’s gift of peace?
Halfway through the story, the disciples are still wondering, trying to make sense of what’s going on. It’s completely outside their experience, and ours, that someone who’s dead should come back, talking and eating. It’s no surprise that they wonder! What’s your own honest response to this story?
Now, as you listen to the account again, try to put yourself in the place of one of the disciples. What goes on in you as Jesus appears and talks?
Jesus says to you: “You are a witness of these things.” How do you want to respond to him, and to these words?