Our sermon this Sunday considered John 20: 19-22: "On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.' And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit [...]'" (ESV).
So many of us need a word of peace these days.
Jesus reiterated the peace that only He can bring here and also gave us the Spirit to make that peace a reality. Jesus was no longer limited by his physical body, but was now offering His eternal presence with us.
We also sang Edwin Hatch's hymn: "Breathe on me, Breath of God, fill me with life anew, that I may love the way you love, and do what you would do. Breathe on me, Breath of God, until my heart is pure, until my will is one with yours, to do and to endure. Breathe on me, Breath of God, so shall I never die, but live with you the perfect life for all eternity."