For Sunday, April 12th, 2nd Sunday after Easter
READ: John 20.19-31 “the doors… were locked for fear”
REFLECT: A number of years ago I was doing a 6-week study with a group on Joyce Rupp’s book Open Door. The first sentences of week 1 day 1 are these: “The metaphor of a door provides a symbolic way of identifying who we envision ourselves to be and how we currently experience life. The door also helps us name how we are in relationship with God.”
I began to pray with this passage from John and imagine what I do with the door of my heart when I experience fear. I imagined a door that swings freely both ways with no lock and no window. It is like the door in a restaurant between the kitchen and the dining room. There could be accidents if two people approach from each side at the same time. It’s made of some sort of durable plastic or composite material. It’s mostly kicked open because those passing through it have their hands full of dishes and trays, coming and going from the kitchen.
This kind of door is a temptation for me. I want to have an open heart, but it is dangerous to not be able to close it as well. It is important to have healthy limits, to be able to say “no”, and being willing to lock out anything harmful. At my best, I imagine my door to be made of oak. It is a big door that opens wide, but it also has strong locks. The upper half is made of beautiful clear cut glass in a floral design. It lets in lots of light, but also allows me to see who is knocking before I decide to open it.
RESPOND: God, in this first Sunday after Easter, help us to know what it is to live as redeemed people. When we are afraid and the doors to our hearts are locked, come in anyway. May we see the in-breaking of your reign all around us.
How do you imagine the door to your heart at this moment? What is it made of? Does it have locks? If so, what kind? Are the hinges rusty from being closed too long? Tell God about this door and ask Jesus to breathe peace on your heart. What might your door look like at its best?
LECTIONARY TEXTS FOR THE UPCOMING SUNDAY (and for you to try on your own):
1 John 1:1-2:2
Lectio Divina Paci is a weekly devotional guide by Audrey Hindes for peacemakers in the lectio divina form. Lectio Divina (Latin for divine reading) is a traditional Benedictine practice of scripture reading, prayer, meditation, and reflection that treats scripture as the Living Word. Lectio Divina Paci is an opportunity for peacemakers to become more in tune with the voice of the Prince of Peace.