Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord.” Even so, the disciples locked themselves behind a closed door out of fear. Fear is defined as being afraid of someone or something that is likely to be dangerous, painful or threatening. The disciples feared for their lives, given their teacher had just been crucified. Even though Simon, Peter and John experienced the empty tomb, and all of the disciples heard Mary’s claim about Jesus on the first day of the week, they still feared. I’m not sure any of us would have been less fearful, if we had been present behind the locked door. Fear is something that we all struggle with when it comes to living out our faith, for our faith calls us into places that we would rather not go. Who hasn’t kept quiet out of fear, rather than speak up? Who hasn’t ignored a need or an injustice, rather than act to right it? As you read John’s account (John 20:19-31) of the disciples locked behind closed doors in preparation for Sunday, reflect on those occasions when fear takes hold of you and directs your steps. Notice what prevents you from speaking up or taking action to usher in a bit of heaven on earth.
Resurrecting God, we give thanks for the miracle of Easter. Yet, even as we give thanks, we admit that fear still simmers within us at times. We fear speaking up. We fear being drawn into needs that seem overwhelming. Forgive our fears and set a new right spirit within us, we pray. Equip us to be your people this day and in the days ahead. Amen.