Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture, Spirit by Mike on June 8, 2014

10350411_10152105195117019_6796030515515175545_nGospel reading of the day:

John 20:19-23

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. 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.”

And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus breathes on his disciples and gives them the Holy Spirit. The gospel links a number of themes in this account of that first Easter night. In Jesus’ hands and side, we see his passion and death. In his coming and standing in the midst of the disciples when the doors are locked, we see the resurrection. Jesus twice wishes his disciples peace, gives them the gift of forgiveness, and sends them on mission. This narrative then suggest that Jesus’ death and resurrection, peace, forgiveness, mission, and the coming of the Holy Spirit are intimately entwined with each other as we celebrate this Pentecost.

Spiritual reading: The day will come, when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire. (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.)


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