Today is the joyful celebration of Pentecost. Our Gospel speaks of the disciples locked away behind closed doors afraid of the Jewish authorities. Jesus comes and stand amongst them and offers them peace. Twice he says to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ His presence and his offering brings the disciples great joy and confidence. It is a confidence that sends them out into the world once more. This is the peace we are offered. It is not a simple handshake, it is an offering of deep inner peace which reassures us that with Jesus we are safe, we can feel confident that all will be well. As Christians we have been given many gifts. If we have a role to play in the world it is to share this gift of peace, the peace that leads to freedom and hope and a belief in all things that are good.
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