by Sr. Barbara Markey, ND
John 20: 19-23
Watching the daily news or reading the headlines in the papers can, sometimes, make us wish we had an "upper room" like the apostles in today's gospel where we could gather with friends and lock the door and keep the world away. Sometimes our own worries or the clutter that fills our lives make us wish that we could care about nothing. More often, we wish that we could have the courage or the resources or the wisdom to impact what we see and hear.
And, every year shortly after Easter, the Church helps us realize we, like the apostles, have the Holy Spirit enter our lives and tell us "Peace be with you". Pentecost asks us to "Receive the Holy Spirit". The Spirit gives us both the peace we need and the courage to take that peace and bring Christ through our lives to others.
As Christians, we have the message of Jesus that allows us to enter the world from our "upper rooms" knowing that the Holy Spirit is always with us to approach each day with hope. That hope sends us forth to bring the peace we know and believe in with others.