He Is Our Peace

Peace be with you

John 20:19
Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1,24,29-30,31,34; I Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13; John 20:19-23

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Pentecost Sunday, B

One evening, after a lecture, Helen Keller invited questions from the audience. One person asked: “Miss Keller if you could have but one wish granted, what would it be?” What a question! As you know, Helen Keller was sightless and deaf. Her only contact with the world was through the sense of touch. Even the question from the audience had to be communicated in this manner. Surely her wish would be for sight, or hearing! But instead, Helen Keller replied, “I would wish for world peace.”

In today’s Gospel Lesson, within hours of His Resurrection, Jesus reveals Himself to the disciples, who are in hiding, fearing for their lives. “Jesus comes and stands among them,” and says, “Peace be with you…Peace be with you. As the Father sent Me, so I am sending you” (Jn. 20:19,21).

How “blessed,” how happy are the “peacemakers,” Jesus said to the disciples early in His ministry. Now He is dispatching them as peacemakers: “As the Father sent…

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