“While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.” (Lk 24: 36-42)
So this is the first thing He says to those who had just abandoned Him, to those who were not there even for His burial: “Peace be with you.” How humble, how Self-giving is my Lord in His triumph. “Touch me and see,” He says, offering Himself to them, who hadn’t believed other messengers of His resurrection. And then He lets them feed Him. Just as He asked a Samaritan woman to give Him to drink, opening Himself up to her, now He accepts fish from fishermen. How very human and meek is our Lord with us, when He’s reconciling us with Him, and restoring our faith.
Today, on a sunny morning in Vienna, as church-bells are ringing all over a city celebrating Easter, I thank my Lord for coming back to us, after we did everything wrong. He came back, clothed in “majesty,” in our resurrected human body, redeemed, restored, and willing to be seen, touched, and fed by us. Let me let Him come back to me today, once again, even if I’ve done everything wrong. “The Lord is King,” in His glorious and loving resurrection, “He is clothed in majesty.”