Join us for the third episode of a new audio retreat presented by St Augustine’s College of Theology, celebrating the people of Easter and reflecting on their stories.
This instalment, written and produced by tutor Chris Chapman, takes inspiration from John 20. 19-23. We’ll recall the story of Jesus appearing in the locked room where his disciples have gathered, and how he sent them back out into the world after replenishing their spirits.
This is the third instalment of a four-part audio retreat. If you haven’t already, you can listen to the previous episodes here:
“As the Father sent me, so I send you”
The disciples were gathered together behind a locked door when Jesus appeared among them.
Confused and afraid for their safety, they had retreated into a small room and barred the door. Perhaps they only realised their Lord had joined them when they heard him say, “Peace be with you.”
When Jesus showed his disciples his hands and side, they rejoiced in his presence. His loyal friends listened as Jesus told them, “As the Father sent me, so I send you.”
After breathing on each of them so they received the Holy Spirit, he sends them on their way. Perhaps it was Jesus himself who pushed the now unlocked door wide open, ushering his disciples out into the light of a new morning.
From indoors to outdoors
What does it mean for us to move from a locked room, through a newly open doorway, and into the light of morning?
In this audio retreat, we think about our perceptions of ourselves. We imagine how we might question, challenge or refresh these perceptions – recognising that the door is unlocked and the world is open to us.
We think about what limits us in terms of knowing who we are. In a way, Jesus’ appearance among the disciples was his way of reminding them of who they were and what they were capable of.
How can we do the same for ourselves? What “labels” are we identifying with, and are they right for us? Together, we’ll open the proverbial door to find our own definitions.
How to listen to this audio retreat episode
To listen to this episode of the Easter People audio retreat, follow this link to the YouTube version of the episode or listen directly using the YouTube player below.
There is no right or wrong way to listen to this audio retreat. You can listen to it as many times as you like, by yourself or with others.
If you’d like to read along with this audio retreat, you can download the transcript for this episode. You can also use the subtitles/closed captions on the YouTube video.