“Peace be with you.” This is Jesus’ greeting on the first day of the week when he appears to the disciples in the locked room. The nail marks in his hands and the wound in his side from the sword were still there. When the disciples saw them and saw that it was really him, they rejoiced. Jesus repeated his greeting: “Peace be with you.”
The peace that Jesus offered was neither cheap nor easy. It required faith to overcome locked doors and fearful hearts. Jesus’ resurrected body included the wounds of the crucifixion. The wounds did not disappear but became the basis for the disciples’ recognition.
The peace that we are offered today is neither cheap nor easy. The peace we are offered does not make all of our wounds and fears go away, but makes it possible for us to reach down and claim the faith that assures us that there will be life and flourishing again. Such an important message to hold onto in these pandemic days. In my town of Natick which is right next to Wellesley, at least 9 residents of a local nursing home have died and 75 have tested positive for COVID-19. Thirty-six of the staff have tested positive. It is now personal for me as I watch the parents, grandparents and friends of Natick folks suffer and even die.
This is happening all over the country with nursing homes, assisted living facilities, prisons, homes for the developmentally disabled and so forth. The Boston Globe printed 16 pages of death notices. Loved ones are being buried without their families and friends able to participate in services and mourning rituals.
We are all staying-at-home and some of us are getting impatient. But we need to be careful about not opening prematurely when it may not be safe especially for our vulnerable. As you know, our Babson community depends on science and data and the keen intelligence and creativity that foster entrepreneurship. “Peace be with you.” Reach deep inside you and claim the peace that is neither cheap nor convenient. Our lives going forward will show the marks of this pandemic, but there will be life and flourishing again.