“Peace Be With You”

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The Gospel of Luke 24:35-48 today tells me a little about my own faith in Jesus. The disciples were gathered together talking about yesterday’s Gospel story of Jesus on the road to Emmaus with 2 of his disciples. As they were discussing this, Jesus stood in their midst. He says, “Peace be with you.” But there was no peace as the disciples thought they were seeing a ghost. Jesus asks them why are they troubled, shows them his hands and feet, invites them to touch him because no ghosts have flesh and bones and then asks for food and eats the food in front of them.

So my imagination is wandering and I wonder how I would react if BOOM, Jesus appears to me right now in my room as I am writing. Would I be in shock? Would I get on my knees? Would I speak? Could I speak? Would I cling to his feet? Would I cry? Would I listen? Would I be afraid? As I think right now, this is God in my presence!!! I am just not sure how I would react.

How strong is my faith? Today, I stopped by the church chapel to pray for almost 2 hours before the Blessed Sacrament. If I truly believe and I do, Jesus was fully present before me, His Body, His Blood, His Soul and His Divinity. I knelt down before him. I sat before him. I stood before him. We talked and conversed. I prayed. I listened. I was distracted at times but I was filled with an awesome love for Jesus, my friend, my Lord, my Savior, my God. I was at peace. I was in the presence of God!

Hopefully, if Jesus were to suddenly appear to me as he did in today’s Gospel to his disciples, I would revere him as I do each time I visit the chapel and each time I receive him at mass. I hope to always hear his voice saying, “Peace be with you.” Today, I am filled with his peace. I pray that you are too. God bless us all!

Mike Burke; Thursday, March 31, 2016
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“Peace Be With You”

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