Readings for the Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 5:12-20; Revelation 1:4-18; John 20:19-31
Every day, most of us are carrying around a set of keys that are indispensable to our daily routine. We use them to… lock up the house, start the car, get into the office, etc. Misplacing them sends us into a frantic search. I’ve gotta find my keys!
The risen Jesus holds the most important set of keys in existence: “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.” (Rv 1) Jesus has power over all the forces of evil. Even better, he has unlocked the gates of heaven for us. His death and resurrection have cleansed us from all unrighteousness.
Jesus enters through the locked doors of an upper room where his disciples are cowering in fear. Then he imparts his Spirit to them, empowering them authority to proclaim forgiveness in his name. We call this authority the Office of the Keys (Jn 20).
The apostles were able to perform many miracles through the power of the Holy Spirit. These miracles brought many to faith in Jesus Christ (Ac 5).