There are times when it isn’t easy to say the right thing in a given situation. We can readily empathize with the gentleman who met an old friend whom he hadn’t seen for many years …
“How is your wife?” he asked.
“Haven’t you heard, she’s in Heaven,” the friend replied.
“I’m so sorry,” the poor fellow stammered. Then he realized that this may not have been the right thing to say, so he added, “I mean, I’m glad!” But that didn’t seem quite right either, so he quickly said, “I mean to say, I’m surprised.”
In Luke’s Gospel there is an episode in which Jesus’ disciples are more than surprised by the Risen Christ’s sudden appearance in their midst. They were in a state of “alarm and fright,” Luke tells us. They thought they were seeing a “ghost.”
Moreover, it was not easy for them to say the right thing in that situation. In fact, we read in Luke’s version of the event, they…
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