“When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (John 20:19–23)
With all that is on our minds and hearts concerning the events of this past Sunday we return to the Gospel of John. I find hope in knowing that we are connected to a deeper, more powerful story than the one at work in the world today. One that challenges the “powers and principalities” and one that will make “all things new.” So maybe you two will find both a call as well as rest in this story:
This text comes just after our Easter morning sermon with Mary and the two disciples:
Let’s reflect together on this and be prepared to share together on how this text might ground us, or center us in light of our many fears and struggles to be the church today.
Blessings and hope to you all,