Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation, have mercy on us.

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”  When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.  Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” (John 20:19-21)

It was the evening of the day He rose from the dead, and Jesus comes to his disciples with this one word, this one special word “Peace”. This word and phrase is so important that Jesus repeats it.  An important principle of reading the Sacred Scripture is that when something is repeated, there is a special importance, in that repetition. So we are to understand that Jesus is giving us peace, and that we are sent to bring this peace to our brothers and sisters.

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