BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY
SECOND SUNDAYOF EASTER(A)John 20: 19-31
April 23, 2017
“When the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, Peace be with you …Receive the Holy Spirit.”
There is a children game called hide-and-seek. A group of players conceal themselves in the environment or in the house to be found by a seeker. One of the players counts to a predetermined number while the other players go and hide. Then the seeker attempts to locate the concealed players. At times the smart kid finds them immediately; sometimes he takes too long to find the hidden players. In this case they get bored waiting and waiting to be found, in an uncomfortable stillbody position, to the point that they start giving clues, by calling the person´s name, or by making noise. When the boy or girl finds them, they feel release, and the winner, in this case, the seeker, gets a prize.
In today´s Gospel the disciples are hiding themselves in a room and with the doors locked, not exactly playing a game, but for fear of the Jews. When they are found by Jesus, it is them who get not only one, but three prizes: peace, joy, and the Holy Spirit. Later on, they should give in return, forgiveness.