Sunday 15 April 2018
Week III Psalter. Third Sunday of Easter.
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19. Psalm 4:2, 4, 7, 9. 1 John 2:1-5. Luke 24:35-48.
Lord, let your face shine on us-Psalm 4:2, 4, 7, 9.
Peace be with you.
The Gospel reading today insists on the reality of the risen humanity of Our Lord.
Our faith does not rest on fables, nor is the risen Jesus a phantom. Graciously, to strengthen their faith, to bring them peace, and to give them great joy, Jesus shows his followers his now glorious sacred wounds. And we, who inherit that faith and peace and joy, pray, ‘Lord, let your face shine on us’ (psalm response)—for the Father’s glory is reflected in the face of his Christ. ‘Look towards him and be radiant’, the psalmist urges us.
Jesus’ first words to his apostles were, ‘Peace be with you’. He is the God of peace and he himself is our peace, and he was once again with them. As he speaks, there falls a great calm—be it upon the troubled sea or the troubled human spirit. To have his peace we need to reject all anxiety, casting all our care upon him. And what we deeply desire for ourselves we pray for others—that the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard their hearts and their thoughts in Christ.