We hear Jesus say in Thursday’s reading from the Gospel of Luke:
The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way,
and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread.
While they were still speaking about this,
he stood in their midst and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
Jesus said it often, “Peace be with you.” He also often said, “Be not afraid.”
He faced death and came back from it, so clearly he know what he was talking about, and offers that same gift of peace that dwelt in him so deeply.