Most people nowadays are very security conscious and protect their homes with locks and alarms. We’re probably quite unusual as a family because we keep our front door unlocked during the day (though not at night). People we know will just knock and walk in, which is pretty much what I remember from my childhood home: a knock and a call of “It’s only me” as a friend or neighbour walked in.
In our Gospel reading today we witness Jesus doing much the same thing. He didn’t ring the doorbell or knock. If he had done, I doubt if anyone would have had the courage to open the door. The disciples were meeting in fear of those who had killed their Lord. They were hardly likely to open up. For Jesus, that was no problem as he simply ‘came and stood among them’. Whereas other visitors might have brought fear by their presence, Jesus brought Shalom – an all-encompassing peace, a wholeness that only the risen Lord could give. If there was the slightest doubt about whether this was an imposter, Jesus showed the wounds he had so recently acquired during his crucifixion. Continue reading