The following reflection is from a parishioner. Enjoy!
PEACE TO YOU Escaping in fear - we returned - joyful. All our despair - turned into hope. Former confusion - resolved into sureness How? - Because Jesus, walking, had joined us, unrecognised, at first - on the Emmaus road.
We’d seen Jerusalem convulsed and contorted. Crowds shouting praise, then baying for blood; corrupt leaders, cruelly contriving His murder. But peace overtook us, as He shone light on each prophet - chiding us, justly - then setting our hearts aglow.
‘O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?’
We’d been perplexed by a report of Him living. Women of our group had heard it from angels, then others rushed off to find the tomb empty. Yet when He blessed and broke bread, at Emmaus No doubt remained - He vanished - just as we knew.
With wings on our heels we returned to Jerusalem, eager to share the great news. In a room, abuzz with excitement - for Simon had seen Him, too - Jesus, appeared there - alive among us - lovingly, saying: ‘Peace to you!’