Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house.
Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side.
The disciples, seeing the Master with their own eyes, were exuberant.
Jesus repeated his greeting: “Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you.”
John 20: 19-21 – The Message
Like the disciples, too often I let fear lock the door of my heart.
Solid barriers of worry and anxiety seal the entrance.
The padlocks of dread close any openness.
But the locked doors after the resurrection didn’t stop you at all, Jesus.
You entered in.
You stood among them.
You offered peace that couldn’t be found anyplace else.
And the disciples saw you with their own eyes and were jubilant.
Your presence broke open the doors of fear.
Lord, enter the locked doors of my heart.
Break down the wall of worry and remove the stonewall of all suspicion.
Open wide the entrance and come in.
I long for your peace, your presence.
I want to see you with my eyes and dance with joy like the disciples.
Come Lord Jesus.