Have you ever been asked to do something that was so totally beyond you that couldn’t even believe you would be capable of doing the task? That is exactly how we should feel after hearing the gospel today. When Jesus speaks to the disciples gathered in the upper room, it is only right to feel overwhelmed. After all, to be told not only that those whose sins we forgive they will be forgiven and those whose sins we retain they are retained. To which we immediately protest that surely only God forgives sins? Which is absolutely true; and still the Lord commissions us to do for the whole world what he had done in and for Israel. But of course we could never share the mercy of the Lord with anyone – except in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Easter Season, Sunday 2 (Year B)
Recorded at St Col’s 9am (9 min)