Written by Pastor Claire Cassell
We read in the gospels that after the resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples who were huddled in fear behind locked doors. Jesus stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” Then he showed them his hands and his side and they recognized him. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you”.
The disciples do not recognize Jesus until he showed them his scars. This is how Christ is still recognized in our world today… when we have the courage to show others our scars and share with them the One who we turn to, to find hope and healing: Jesus Christ.
Sometimes we feel like the disciples after Jesus’ death. We are afraid and locked up in our own shame, guilt and depression. Then, when we least expect it, Jesus appears to us out of nowhere: in the kind words of a friend, in a warm hug, in a scripture lesson or a poem; offering us hope and healing. These are resurrection moments that bring us peace in the midst of turmoil.
You see, Easter day is over, but the resurrection is not over. Jesus comes to us over and over again, shows us his wounds and invites us to show him ours. Then he looks us in the eye and says, “Peace be with you.”
Pastor Claire Cassell is the Pastor of Spiritual Care for Prince of Peace.