Reflection John 20:19-23 – Spirit Speaks from Within

John 20:19-23 Reflection

Over a period of a few years I witnessed miles of metal shacks, so called homes, I was disturbed. A harbor filled with marginalized boat people, I felt ashamed. Behind a metal fence, swaths cut deep untouchable wounds into the earth.  At an evening meal at L’arche, I see Jesus smiling at the table. More occurs, the Holy Spirit speaks from within, changing who I must become to help carry peace, love and hope, into the pain.

Additional Eastertide Reflections

John 20 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

19 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.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”


Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 20:19-23.