“And while He said this, He showed them His hands and His side. (John 20: 20)
When hearing the word peace, every person will make some association. More than just an abstract concept, the word evokes images in us. You can see it before you: a peaceful landscape in the light of the setting sun, a still lake under a blue sky, a little child in deep sleep—all of them are pictures we yearn for, exactly because the world in which we live is such a jumble of unrest, chaos, and conflicts. And when words and images fall short, there are always sounds that can perfectly express peace: a lofty symphony, a lovely pastoral, or just a simple lullaby.
If there is anyone who knows what peace is, it is Christ. Not only is He a human being in perfect harmony, but He is also at peace with the world. How in God’s name is that possible? Not only with the world in as much as it is still in a state of harmony but also, and above all, with the disharmony of the world. You can tell by looking at Him. When after His Resurrection He bestows peace on His disciples, He shows them His hands and His side. Whoever receives His peace has to see His wounds, has to see what human beings have done to Him. It is as if with these wounds He wants to say: