Nobody Can Lock Out Jesus

Divine Mercy Sunday
Reading I: Acts 4:32-35
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
Reading II: 1 John 5:1-6
Gospel: John 20:19-31

The news of Jesus’ resurrection had not removed the fear from the hearts of the disciples. On the evening of Easter Sunday, they were assembled in a room with the doors closed. They needed a safe house for fear of undergoing the same fate as their master. They had not digested the events of the past few days. It was evening and it was dark. Jesus had not yet become the light of the world to them. He was still hidden under the mantle of fear.
Nobody can lock out Jesus. He enters our heart and mind constantly. We can be hard, put everything under double lock and place extra bolts, but Jesus enters. He speaks through our conscience, through people and events. We can refuse him, argue with him, resist him, fool ourselves, but he keeps entering our lives. He is the Risen Lord! He will always be in the midst of our life. If we accept Him, He will also be the bringer of peace. To accept Jesus in our midst is to have peace with other people, to try to lock him out of our life is to endanger peace.
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