Archbishop of Hyderabad Holy week and Easter-tide once again this year, and we get the blessed opportunity of encountering the Son Our Lord Jesus Christ in all that He has said and does for us to encourage us in our present obedience of faith to His Eternal Father in Him and in His Holy Spirit.

Having begun the mystery of His Sacred Passion at His passover supper by handing over His Body to His Eternal Father under the appearance of the transubstantiated bread as His body "given up" for us, and His Blood under the appearance of the transubstantiated wine as His Blood of the eternal covenant being "poured out for the forgiveness of sins", the only-begotten Eternal Son of the God the Father turned His Human face towards His eleven bewildered Apostles and said to them "Peace I leave with you, my Peace I give to you... Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let it be afraid (Jn 14/ 27)."


Did this "peace" which the Son of God gave His "eleven" bewildered Apostles make any sense to them as they experienced the discord among themselves, the confusion and the hopelessness, and the grief and the loss and the affliction suddenly brought upon them by their imminent separation from Him through the injustice suffered by Him from the pride and envy of the chief priests and the betrayal of Judas, and as He died on the Cross? Not at all! They would have to wait for Him to rise bodily from the dead in the Holy Spirit and once again meet them face to face on the first Easter Day and show them "His Hands and His side" and declare once again to them "peace be with you," and give that peace to them saying "Receive the Holy Spirit." (Jn 20/19 to 20). Have you ever experienced the psychological bewilderment of the Apostles in your present ongoing journey of Faith and received in that situation the peace given by the Son of God, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit, to your personal life with Him in your spiritual soul?