There is a scene in one of CS Lewis' books - The Magician's Nephew - when a cabdriver and his wife are named the first King and Queen of the land of Narnia. Humbled at the prospect, they are nonetheless elevated beyond their wildest imaginings.
In his letter to the Romans, Saint Paul proclaims that we are both children and heirs of God - joint heirs with Christ. Perhaps it's beyond our own imagining to, but we are promised a place in the Kingdom of God, glorified with Christ.
Paul contrasts this great gift with a constant attack of the devil - a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. How much that Satan would like us to be afraid. Perhaps he succeeds in paralyzing us, minimizing our trust in God's providential care or simply distracting us from seeing His good hand in the midst of this life.
It is no coincidence that Christ's first words to the Apostles were of consolation - "Peace be with you." Frightened and feeling alone, they hid from the world. For a brief time, fear kept them from the great commission Christ gave them.
As with the Apostles, Christ comes to us, offering us reassurance - His peace. Each time we receive absolution and at every Mass, He reminds us of His care for us now and His plan to for us to join Him in Heaven.
Peace be with us, and may we be reminded often of our place in the Kingdom, as joint heirs with Christ.