Mary had told them that she has seen the risen Jesus, but they are afraid anyway.
A sermon was not enough to liberate them from their fears.
Jesus came to them, anyway.
We may still not be willing to start our lives anew. Jesus may come to us, anyway.
They were afraid, but he breathed the Holy Spirit on them and gave them a commission. He intended for them to get out of that locked room.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Jesus Comes to Them, a Reflection on John 20:19-23
The lectionary offers a choice of gospel readings for Pentecost--John 20:19-23 or John 7:37-39. The one from John 20 was also the gospel lesson for the second Sunday of Easter this year. Here's what I posted for it then: