Returning Home

10 Then the disciples returned home. [1] Jn 20:10

Technically, it was not their own home, but where they were all staying.  John and the Holy Spirit certainly intended, by this sentence, to differentiate the actions of these disciples from that of Mary Magdalene in the next sentence.  These departed for whence they came and Mary stuck around.  But Scripture always has multiple layers of denotation and connotation, many of which are not immediately evident, nor are the entirety of them probably ever evident to any one individual, unless that be to Jesus and the Spirit, obviously, or to Mary or to whomever God so bestows.

With reference to this verse…Then the disciples returned home…first, there is a temporal quality to the sentence; this departure occurs after the aforementioned, i.e. the announcement, the race, the arrival, the entry, the view, the 2nd entry, the belief, and the lack of insight into the Scriptural precedent.  Thus, John indicates they are changed men from when they started out.  Peter is fumbling with the facts and John believes from the facts but has not deciphered the necessity of what he believes from his Scripture.

We need not feel too sorry for Peter at this point.  Jesus has a special treat, a special personal encounter with Peter before meeting with the rest of the Apostles.  It seems to us he chooses persons at random, Mary Magdalene, the Women, Peter, the Disciples on their way to Emmaus, and then the assembly of the Apostles/Disciples and women.  [Tradition also includes a very early apparition to His mother, Mary.]

Then the disciples returned home…so Peter and John are the first to return home…to be followed later by many others called back to believing by Jesus. Mary Magdalene, the women, Peter himself and the disciples, the Apostles, even Thomas, all had special encounters with Jesus, their risen Jesus, no longer dead, no longer subject to future death, Lord God, the Anointed One, their Messiah and our Savior.  Just like us!  Amen.  Alleluia!!!

[1] Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

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