John 20:19-23 Reflection – The Holy Spirit Works from Within

Reflection on John 20:19-23 ~

I had witnessed miles of metal shacks, so called homes, a harbor filled with marginalized boat people, and deep mining cuts into the earth leaving behind wounds that would never truly heal. At an evening meal at L’arche, I saw Jesus smiling at the table. The Holy Spirit transforms from within; to change who we are, so that we can help carry peace, love, and hope, into the pain.

The Appearance of Christ at the Cenacle James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumThe Appearance of Christ at the Cenacle, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

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.