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Holy Week reflection - Rev Raymond Stewart: 'Shalom - peace be with you' this Easter

 The Very Reverend Raymond Stewart, Dean of Derry

THE Upper Room was a significant place for Jesus' disciples.

It was here that Jesus had shared the Passover meal with them.

It was here that they had received and were filled with the Holy Spirit 50 days after Easter.

It was here that Jesus had appeared to them on the evening of Easter Day.

He spoke to them: "Shalom. Peace be with you."

This was not the conventional, "Hello. How are you?" greeting that we would use.

Jesus was wishing His disciples everything that was good in life.

Shalom. Peace be with you.

We live in a world where real peace is in short supply.

We all experience problems and difficulties in our lives.

We need to listen to the voice of Jesus as He speaks to us.

His voice, His presence, brings transformation to our lives.

He restores joy where there has been sadness, assurance where there has been confusion and doubt, hope where there has been despair.

May you know the peace of the Risen Jesus today and always.

The Very Reverend Raymond Stewart

Dean of Derry

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