Sermons on John 20:19-31

Easter 1 – A vast army

Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. [John 20:19-31] We continue to celebrate with Easter joy the bodily Resurrection of our Lord from the dead.  Death and resurrection is a constant theme in religious expressions around the world – from Shamanism, with their rituals of death and rebirth, to Mesopotamian religions, who remake…

Easter 1 – Peace be with you

Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you. ” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.  On the third day after Jesus’ crucifixion, the disciples were greatly distressed in soul, and they had many reasons not to be at peace. The Gospel says that they were locked in a room, afraid of the Jewish authorities – if Jesus had been arrested…