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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Peace be with you: Reflection by Jane Pimenta of Prayer Aid

 “When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you. After He said this, He showed them His hands and His side.  Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.  Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  When He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.”  John 20:19-22

Fear of the Jews, made them sit behind shut doors.    In spite of their doors being locked Jesus came in.  Similarly, even though we block Him out with our negative feelings He is with us, saying to us all the time “Peace be with you, do not be afraid”  let us sit quietly and listen to Jesus say to us “Peace be with you, do not be afraid”  Even if we do not feel His Presence let us believe He IS with us.  He is alive and with us.

 (Thanks Jane for as usual superb reflection of the gospel).  Cynthia Abegail for New World

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