May 25, 2012

Pentecost Sunday (May 27, 2012)

John 20: 19-23

The Ever Presence of God

The disciples were in fear, hiding behind locked doors when Jesus was not with them.

The presence of the Risen Christ brings peace.

Today, while we may not see the Risen Lord with our physical eyes, the recipe for God's gift of peace is the same. 

First, the presence of the Risen Lord is found in the community. 

Second, God's peace is connected with forgiveness.  In this passage, Jesus grants peace to the disciples who have abandoned and denied him.  Besides, they have been lack of faith.  Not only does the Risen Lord forgive them, he also empowers them to forgive others.

Third, God's peace comes with a comission.  Jesus' words "As the Father has sent me, so I send you" express his trust in his disciples, fearful, broken as they are.  The Lord trusts his chosen disciples.  We are sent by the Lord.  And there is peace in doing God's will, though we are not worthy of it.

Then, the ever presence of the Holy Spirit, Jesus' farewell gift. 

There, we have the ever presence of God.  And there, we find divine peace.

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