Apr 22, 2023
The word’ doors’ in the plural form occurs only in the Gospel of St. John.
The upper room probably had more than one door,
or he could have meant that the front door of the house as well as the door of the upper room was both locked.
As the disciples were greatly frightened, they were not content to close the front door only.
In the other Gospels,
the evangelists underlined how the disciples lived in fear immediately after the resurrection.
It was not an easy thing for them to see the One,
who had died and had been buried, still alive and appearing to them.
Here, however, St. John the evangelist reveals another reason for their fear,
and that is ‘the Jews’.
The disciples felt that their lives were exposed to real danger even after the Lord’s resurrection. They feared they would be accused of having stolen the Body.