Sunday Gospel

Gospel for the Feast of Pentecost: John 20:19-23

“On the evening of the 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.’”

What does this passage say to you about Jesus?

Sit with it a bit.

What message is in it for you?

Heritage word—“Recall that in Jesus’ relationship with his apostles, they depended intensely and immensely on the Lord when they experienced their helplessness, such as in a storm, in a boat without catching fish, in their lack of understanding that He was the Bread of Life and would be the Body broken and Blood given, and in fear locked behind closed doors after Jesus’ death. Only then in their powerlessness did they come to grips with understanding who Jesus was to them and what the Kingdom was intended to be.”

(Sister Joan Marie, 9th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

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