April 20th, 2022

The Gospel According to Luke 24:13-35

That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?” They stopped, looking downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these days?” And he replied to them, “What sort of things?” They said to him, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place. Some women from our group, however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive. Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women had described, but him they did not see.” And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the Scriptures. As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So, he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?” So, they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the Eleven and those with them who were saying, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

              Reflection: How many times do we ‘NOT’ take the time to look up at someone  

           when they are talking to us? I wonder how many arguments have happened  

           because someone only heard part of what someone said or hurt someone’s

           because they didn’t value them enough to give that person their full attention.

           How many precious moments are lost because we’re too busy or too tired

           to listen to our children? 

           These disciples missed out, big time, by not paying complete attention to our Lord.

            We have just witnessed the most beautiful time of the liturgical year having

            just experienced the Triduum this last weekend. I could see, hear, and feel all

            of the emotions at our parish. And seeing it on the face of an adult receiving

            their Sacraments for the very first time. What an honor, for us, to be blest with  

            being part of that special moment in someone’s life.

            Now can we take those same feelings with us as we go forward in our lives day

            by day, week by week? Bring that joy home with us, share it with our families.

            Take it to work, in our car as we drive to and from work. How about those on the

            streets experiencing hunger and homelessness and that feeling of being ignored

            and worthless? 

            And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took the bread, said 

            the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened.

            Open your eyes!

            Action of the Day: Let us ask the Lord to help us live by the beauty of this 

            Gospel reading by enjoying all of God’s people. And acknowledge EVERYONE

            we meet each day.

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