Luke 24:36 Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
He’d been betrayed, abandoned, and his best friends denied knowing him and cowered in fear. Instead of exploding in a tirade or listening to those who would say aren’t you angry, mad, and disgusted at your friends who left you for dead, Jesus stands among his friends not as judge, not finding them wanting, and greets them with love. This is a lesson I continue to take to heart and pray that I can follow each of the remaining days of my life.
It is a natural human reaction to react with anger, bitterness, and even hate when someone close to us betrays or disappoints. Jesus shows us a different and better way – a way paved with love and a way that makes us whole. In his last days on earth Jesus repeats the words – Peace be with you – over and over. He reminds us of his way, the whole way, to engage our fellow man and woman.
If there is only one Lenten discipline each of us keeps, may it be to greet each and every human with a heart that says – “peace be with you.”