Tomorrow’s Gospel shows us the disciples cowering in fear behind locked doors. Mary Magdalene has already brought them astounding news. Peter and John had already rushed to the empty tomb. The word is out that something extraordinary is happening. But fear still rules the hearts of the disciples who retreat into the shadows behind barred doors.
This is a meditation on this Gospel from one of my sisters:
The Risen One comes into this darkness. His greeting echoes the words that God uttered at the dawn of Creation, “Let there be light . . .” (Genesis 1:3). In the upper room Jesus tells his disciples, “Peace be with you.”
John’s Gospel reminds us several times in the twentieth chapter that these events happen on Sunday, “the first day of the week.” At the resurrection, God hits the reset button. This is the first day of a new creation. Life is reclaimed from the jaws of death and restored to its rightful state: at peace with God, at peace with all creation. On this new day creation awakens to a fresh beginning.
Isn’t that what mercy is all about? We want a clean slate and a chance to start over. We ask for healing and mercy for ourselves and for the people we hold dear. Jesus walks through the locked doors and hidden places of our life, and breathes his new life into us.
On that Resurrection first-day-of-the-week, God gives us a new start. It is an ongoing event that we celebrate—and in some mysterious way becomes present to us—each time we participate in the Eucharistic liturgy. At Mass we encounter the living, resurrected Jesus. We are privileged to touch and be touched by the Risen One. Refreshed, we start anew.
If you have enjoyed this meditation, you’ll find meditations on all the Gospels of the Easter season in Easter Grace.