This weekend, we read the Gospel with the story of Doubting Thomas. Now, the Catholic Church rotates the Sunday readings on a three-year cycle. Even some of the Holy Week readings vary, based on the year. However, on the Sunday after Easter every year, we read the very same Gospel. That’s a pretty big deal.
Here’s what happened. Mary, John, and Peter have seen the empty tomb in the morning, and that night, the disciples have locked themselves in a house, fearful of what the Jewish authorities might do to them. Jesus enters, in spite of the locked doors, and says, “Peace be with you.” (John 20:19)
We’ll stop here for today’s reflection. This is the first appearance of Jesus to the entire group. They have heard that the body is gone, heard that He is risen, and they really don’t know what to do with this information. Who would? So, they lock themselves away, because whatever has just happened, the reality is that they are associated with a man who has just been crucified, and they could be next.
The thing I love about this moment is that Jesus walks right in. Locked doors make no difference to Him. Each of us has our doors that we have locked. There are times when we hide away, not wanting to face what the world might have for us. In those moments, may we see Jesus when He enters in and tells us, “Peace be with you.”
To be continued…