Wednesday of the Octave of Easter

Luke 24:13-35

The Appearance on the Road to Emmaus

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

How often do we fail to recognize the Lord when he speaks to our hearts and opens his mind to us? The Risen Lord is ever ready to speak his word to us and to give us understanding of his ways.  Do you listen attentively to the Word of God and allow his word to change and transform you?

Christians have to be other Christs.  Through our behavior, can our friends and colleagues feel a special presence of the Lord?

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One day after taking a bath, I was looking for my eyeglasses. I have looked frantically everywhere to no avail. Then I stumbled upon an old pair I used to wear. I said to myself I can use this so I could see clearly enough to look for the other pair. To my surprise and realizing my stupidity, the old spectacles jammed on the eyeglasses which I was already wearing from the start.

In today’s gospel, Jesus reminded the two disciples of their own foolishness. Because of their grief and disappointment they failed to recognize Jesus who was already with them from the start. So Jesus explained to them again the meaning of the prophecies about the Christ that He needed to suffer and die for sins.  But it was only in the breaking of the bread that their eyes were opened and they recognized Jesus.

In our lives, how many times do we fail to see something which is already in front of us? There are times when stubbornness closes our minds to the wisdom of others. in a meeting for example, we believe that our proposal is better that we simply dismiss the other because we are not humble enough to acknowledge the other’s idea. Even in government some officials think that this is good or that is better, dismissing other opinions because they would lose the credit. If we don’t like to be called foolish by Jesus, let our minds be open to all possibilities and to wish the good of all. (Frt. Elmer I. Ibarra, SVD Bible Diary 2004)

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What makes a Christian witness of Resurrection if not his/her presence among those who suffer? What do Mother Teresa, Bishop Oscar Romero, Dom Helder Camara, Saint Joseph Freinademetz have in common? All of them found their Christian lives meaningful after dedicating themselves to the least of our times. Personal contact with the suffering faces of Jesus Christ is what helps us to open our eyes, walk and give witness to the Lord. That is what the disciples of Emmaus didn’t understand, but only after Jesus Himself explained to them the Scriptures. A stagnant church keeps on reading the same biblical texts and repeating rituals. While a living Christian community is constantly moved by the presence of the Resurrected Christ in their struggle to incarnate the Word of God and break the Bread (share one’s life for others) with those in need. What Church do I belong to – a living or a stagnant one? (Fr. Marcelo Cattaneo, SVD Bible Diary 2006)

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The location of Emmaus is not clear. The name “Emmaus” maybe derived from the Hebrew word “hammat,” meaning ‘hot spring.’ Three or four places now carry this name, all claiming to be the one mentioned in today’s gospel reading. They are all trying to attract pilgrims and tourists alike.

Wherever the original location, what counts most is that Luke is not retelling a myth but an actual event, an encounter of the Risen Christ. It is not necessary for leaders to know the exact location in order to understand the story. Emmaus is the site of the faith-encounter with the Risen Lord, the place of enlightenment for two disciples.

Disillusioned by the tragic end of their Lord and Savior, the Risen Jesus caught up with them in their journey back home. Jesus explained the Scriptures to them and tried to put sense to the confusing events that happened in the holy city. He made Himself known, revealing Himself as a Eucharistic presence and enkindled hope in their hearts.

In the breaking of the Bread, a privileged moment of faith, the two disciples recognized Jesus. For us present-day disciples of the Risen Christ, Emmaus is where we gather to celebrate the presence of Christ in the liturgy of the Holy Mass.

May we always give a conscious and loving attention and participation each time we join in the celebration of the Mass so that we will be able to recognize and experience the life-giving presence of the Risen Lord in the liturgy of the Word and the liturgy of the Holy Eucharist. (Fr. Emmanuel de Leon, SVD Bible Diary 2008)

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It must have been a very sad afternoon for the two disciples on the way to Emmaus. After putting their faith and hope in Jesus as the Messiah, they saw Him die on the cross. They were so downtrodden and feeling hopeless that they did not even recognize Jesus until He explained to them the Scriptures concerning the Messiah and at the breaking of the Bread.

Many times in our lives we experience the road to Emmaus when we feel frustrated, downcast and hopeless because of the trials and tribulations that we are going through. The Scripture reading today gives us a way to cope with our desolation. We, too, can get consolation from the Scripture and the Holy Eucharist. It is very unfortunate that many of us do not read the Bible everyday. If we believe that the Bible is the bread of life, then we have to read it everyday. Our soul’s growth maybe stunted, like a bonsai tree or a severely malnourished child, if we do not read the Bible everyday. We read the Bible not only to find consolation but also to express our love for the Lord.

I have a friend whose boyfriend is working in Saudi Arabia. When his letter arrives she does not get tired reading and rereading it, because she loves and misses him so much. God is present in the Scriptures. The time we spend reading the Bible shows how important God is present is in our lives. In the Eucharist, during consecration, everytime the priest says, “This is my Body….” it is the Lord saying: I am giving up my life for you again because I love you so much. When the priest says, “This is the cup of my blood…” the Lord is telling us: I know you have sinned and I am giving my blood again for the forgiveness of your sins. If we read the Scriptures and attend the Holy Mass, then we will experience what the two disciples described when they said: “Were not our hearts burning within us while He spoke to us…and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Fr. Titus Mananzan, SVD Bible Diary 2009)

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Even wondered why the disciples did not recognize the risen Jesus, at least initially? Mary Magdalene thought him to be the gardener, appearing to the apostles in the beach, they thought he was a beachcomber. In today’s gospel he walked with two disciples on their way to Emmaus and they too did not recognize Him. What does this tell us? Perhaps it should prompt us the wonder why we don’t recognize Jesus more readily ourselves, in the strangers we meet, in the brothers and sisters we encounter in school, work, market or even in worship. Secondly, since we do “not always” recognize the Lord, nor can we be always sure as to when, how and where he will appear to us, we better be advised to be always charitable, patient, and understanding, wherever, whenever, and with whoever we meet. It might be the Lord coming to meet us.

But “not always” also means “sometimes we can,” we can know where, when and how we can encounter Jesus as depicted in today’s gospel. How? One is through the two disciples, who the Lord walked with. Here Jesus reminds us that He comes to us in the company of believers. Second is while walking with them, the Lord explains the scriptures “beginning with Moses and all the prophets.” Through the Scriptures, we do not only receive the message, we also encounter the messenger, Jesus Himself.  Third, is when they were about to eat Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that, their eyes were opened and they recognized Him. This clearly refers to the Holy Eucharist where the Lord is present in the flesh and blood. Indeed, if we are to look closely at the story about the Lord’s appearance to the disciples on the way to Emmaus it is also about the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass where the Lord is present when we come together, listen to His Holy word and receive His Body and Blood. Last is when they realized it was Jesus, the two disciples went and told others about what they witnessed.

One day a teacher asked her students, “Which part of the Mass do you like most?” to her surprise, one student answered: “The part when the priest says, ‘The Mass is ended, go in peace.’” In the midst of much laughter the student continued, “The purpose of the Mass is to nourish us with the Word, the Body and Blood of the Lord so that we may go forth and bear witness to the Lord.” Like the disciples of Emmaus may we also proclaim that Jesus is risen, that His message is important and that his promise of eternal life lives (Fr. Midas Tambot, Bible Diary 2012)

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March 30, 2016 Wednesday

Emmaus. There is not much information about this place aside from what the Scriptures tell us that this is a village which is seven miles from Jerusalem. Emmaus is, however, a place where anyone and everyone can go. Emmaus is a place of the heart. The Gospel today narrates to us that two of the disciples were walking on their way there when they met our resurrected Lord. Unfortunately, the disciples did not recognize Jesus and our Lord asked them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” One of the disciples named Cleopas then began to tell the story about the Lord. Jesus asks questions and gently draws the story of His own death and resurrection out of them. But the two disciples were still clueless. Jesus – still unrecognized – said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into His glory?” He then interpreted to the two the prophecies concerning his life. The two disciples were willing to listen to this stranger, because they sought wisdom and understanding. This is the beauty and essence of the

Emmaus walk: It is about (re)discovery and growth.

Walking to Emmaus is a spiritual rather than a physical exercise. It is an exercise of the faith rather than of the legs. Cleopas and the other disciple were evaluating and exploring their faith and their belief. Walking to Emmaus gives us an opportunity to rediscover the presence of the Risen Christ in our life and to refresh our understanding of God´s transforming grace. As we exercise our body often, so should our soul. Let us do our Emmaus walk often. (Fr. Jovito Osalvo, SVD Portugal Bible Diary 2016)

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Two Disciples welcome a Stranger: The Emmaus episode dramatizes three of the ways that people encountered the risen Jesus – in the broken brother, the broken word, and the broken bread.

First they met Jesus in the broken brother. That is, they encountered Him in a stranger who was travelling all alone – a dangerous thing to do in ancient times. (Recall the Parable of the Good Samaritan), “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine,” said Jesus, “you did for me,” (Mt 25:40)

Second, they met Jesus in the broken word. Their hearts began “burning” within them when Jesus opened the Scriptures to them.

Third, they met Jesus in the broken bread. He “took bread…. And they recognized Him.”

Where do we meet Jesus most easily?

“When Jesus comes, the shadows depart,” (Inscription on s castle wall in Scotland) – Mark Link SJ, Illustrated Daily Homilies Seasons and Feasts 1997 p. 160

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Today the Gospel relates the story of the disciples and Jesus on the road to Emmaus. Through the holy Eucharist we are drawn deeper and deeper into the saving death and glorious resurrection of the immortal Christ. Like Cleophas and Luke of Emmaus we are Table-guests of Christ, we know Him, our crucified and risen Lord, in the breaking of the Bread; our cold hearts begin to burn, our blind eyes are opened, and our souls are filled with that paschal peace and joy with which these two disciples hastened from Emmaus back to Jerusalem on that first blessed Easter evening. — Vine and Branches, Martin Hellriegel, 1948.

The Octave of Easter, throughout which formerly servile work was forbidden, was one continual feast in the Church’s eyes. Each day the newly baptized attended Mass at a Stational Church, at which they received Holy Communion. In the evening they went to St. John Lateran for the office of Vespers.

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The Fruits of Our Lord’s Resurrection
Yes, my dear brethren, all these things are true. Our Lord rose again in glory; He entered again into that glory that was His by nature with the Father before the world was made. Through His obedience unto death, God hath exalted Him and given Him as man that Name which is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Lord to the glory of the Father. And He is now ever seated at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for us.

And not merely in the highest heavens, as it were afar off. He sheds His mercies broadcast on the earth. As He forgave sins, He gave to others on earth as His ambassadors that same power. Later, by the lakeside, we see Him giving a charge to St. Peter: “Feed My lambs, be shepherd of My lambs: feed My sheep.” And since then there have been many shepherds, striving as Our Lord Himself to be good shepherds and distributing His bounties. And once again by that great commission He sends forth the fruits of His Resurrection: “All power is given Me in heaven and on earth. As the Father bath sent Me, so do I send you. Going, teach, baptize . . . and I am with you till the consummation of the world.” As St. Gregory comments on this passage: “As the Father hath sent Me, so send I you; that is, as the Father who is God bath sent Me who am God, so I who am Man send you who are men.” In this way, whilst going before to prepare many mansions above for His faithful, He provides for us wayfarers on the earth every help and consolation and joy abundant.

Thus, as the Angel predicted, all flesh shall see the salvation of God —all who will take it to themselves. Thus are we redeemed, thus reinstated; thus given supernatural life, with a right to eternal life. Now, above all things, we have ready access to the throne of the Most High. We may exclaim: “O God, awful in purity, terrible in majesty, we draw near, mindful indeed of our past coldness and neglect, of past sin; mindful of our low estate; and yet with all confidence, with the joy and freedom of children. Remember our dignity, for we are bought with a great price; remember our frailty but to extend Thy hand in succor.” Today as we gather round the priest at the altar—the altar whereon the Precious Blood of Calvary continues to flow—we offer to God a worthy adoration, a worthy expression of gratitude: we are given the grace to repent and our repentance is accepted; and every other grace we ask through the merits of our Risen Saviour will assuredly be ours.

  1. Anselm Parker, O.S.B., M.A., excerpted from The Message of the Gospels

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My Reflection for April 23 Wednesday of the Easter Octave Luke 24:13-35 – Reflection: The two followers who were going to Emmaus were obviously discouraged perhaps hungry also. They were in such situation because their expectation was not met by Jesus. They thought that Jesus was their powerful savior but they were disappointed. For Jesus died on the cross badly bruised and beaten.

Their joyful expectations were suddenly replaced by a feeling of loneliness and disappointment.  Until Jesus walked with them, conversed with them and eventually went to their house to break bread with them.

After which Cleopas and his companion recognized that it was Jesus who walked, conversed and broke bread with them. And then their loneliness was replaced with happiness, their discouragement was overpowered by encouragement. Their lowly spirits were suddenly aflame and glowing.

What do you do when you feel down, sad and discouraged? Do you just sulk in one corner as if you’re the most inferior person in the world? Or you always call on Jesus to lift you up and strengthen you?

When you are at your lowest remember that Jesus is eager to be with you. He wants to walk with you, talk to you and break bread with you.  (Marino J. Dasmarinas)

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Reflection for April 8, Wednesday within the Octave of Easter; Luke 24:13-35 Reflection: Why is it that some of us are not so enthusiastic to be at Holy Mass? Because our minds are wandering when we are at Mass. We lack focus thus we fail to recognize the presence of Jesus at Holy Mass. Perhaps we seldom open our bible to read the life giving words of Jesus.

Many of us do not like to attend Holy Mass for the reason that the priest is not a good homilist. But this is not a valid reason for us not to go to Mass. We can always look for other church that has a priest that imparts life changing homilies. We can always read explanation and reflection about the gospel in advance using the internet. But we seldom do it if at all we do it.

In our gospel for this Wednesday, while Cleopas and the other disciple were going to Emmaus, the risen Christ suddenly walked with them and conversed with them. They had no inkling that it was already the risen Christ who was with them. Why? This is for the reason that their focus was not on the risen Christ but on the Christ who died on the cross.

They walked-on until it was already night time so they invited Jesus to stay at their house. And while they were at a table Jesus took bread broke it said the blessings and shared it with the two of them. They immediately recognized that it was the risen Christ who was with them.

Cleopas and the other disciple are not alone in this predicament of not immediately recognizing the presence of Jesus in their midst. For we too are often guilty of not recognizing that Jesus is always present at Holy Mass. And the reason behind not recognizing Jesus at Holy Mass is our lack of concentration and attention when we are at Mass. Our lack of interest with the Holy Mass readings and our failure to read Jesus life transforming words in the bible.

If only we would focus at Holy Mass and if only we would open and read the life giving words of Jesus in the bible.  – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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STAY WITH US: “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” – Luke 24:29

Dusk, the darkest part of twilight, is the saddest part of the day for Mom. She told me that she’d purposely leave the office early in the afternoon or late in the evening but never at dusk. She didn’t want to see the day end.

I can’t recall having seen a dusky sky so I googled for images. One was a photo of a shoreline where the sun seemed to be hiding behind the foliage, its bright light subdued to a golden hue. It did make me feel a tinge of sadness. Like Mom, I didn’t want to be on my own as darkness overshadows light.

The two disciples who invited Jesus to stay with them must have felt the same way. Even if they didn’t recognize Him, dusk was upon them and maybe they were concerned about their guest having to continue His journey at night. Then at the breaking of the bread, it dawned upon them. It was Jesus. He stayed and kept the two disciples company.

In darkness and in light, at dusk until dawn, Jesus is with us. We only have to look closely to see Him in the dark moments of our sorrows and in the stark brightness of our joys. True to His name, Emmanuel, He promises to stay with us every moment of our lives. Dina Pecaña (dpecana@yahoo.com)

Reflection: “Dusk is the time when men whisper of matters about which they remain silent in the full light of the sun.” (Simon Raven)

Risen Lord, remain with me as the day gives way to dusk. Guide and protect me through the night that I may witness once again Your light the next day.

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1ST READING: There are times in our Christian lives when we do not know how to respond to a particular situation. This is OK as long as we do not despair. I am sure the Apostles faced impossible situations all the time. Here, Peter and John demonstrate what we should do — have faith and call on the Holy Spirit to transform the situation. If we learn to do this more often, we will begin to see more miracles, as it will be the grace of God at work and not just our own strength and power. Acts 3:1-10

GOSPEL: The death of Jesus without His resurrection is cause for despair. There is no reason to have any hope if death has the final say. But it does not. This is what we celebrate at Easter. No matter how hidden Jesus may be in our life experience, He is there in His resurrected form. Do you believe this? If you do not, then you will easily fall into despair. If you believe that Jesus rose from the dead, then you need never despair again as you will know that God has everything in the palm of His hand. Luke 24:13-35

think: If you believe that Jesus rose from the dead, then you need never despair again as you will know that God has everything in the palm of His hand.

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BEST-KEPT SECRET – He took the bread and said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized Him…. – Luke 24:30-31

Attending daily Mass is a spiritual discipline that I learned from my mom and the Catholic community where I grew up.

It sets the tone for my day and gives the Lord a fixed schedule that no appointment or meeting can bump off. I love how the Lord speaks to me through a prayer, the Liturgy of the Word or the homily that the priest delivers.

But my favorite part of all is when I line up to receive Holy Com-munion. Ever since I’ve become more health-conscious about what I eat, I’ve appreciated the Eucharist in a deeper way.

In this day when people are constantly searching for superfoods and supplements that have the highest antioxidants, healing properties and whatnots, I’ve found that daily Eucharist is the best-kept secret to health, both physical and spiritual.

As I encounter Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, He not only heals me and makes me whole. He also opens the eyes of my heart so that I see Him better. Rissa Singson Kawpeng (justbreatherissa@gmail.com)

Pope Francis Says: “The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.”

Lord, every time I receive You in the Eucharist, wash my body clean with Your precious blood. Remove all malignancies and reverse whatever unhealthiness there may be. Amen.

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WHILE THEY WERE CONVERSING: A poster, which became a popular item for people looking for a gift to give friends and relatives for their housewarming, goes: “Jesus Christ is the Unseen Guest of This House, the Unseen Listener in Every Conversation.” In a way, this statement applies to the experience of the two disciples in today’s Gospel. The Risen Lord Jesus was the mysterious companion in their journey and the unrecognized guru in their walking conversation.

Through the conversation, which the two disciples have with Jesus, they later came to realize that their hearts were burning within them. Indeed, Jesus, who is Himself “The Word Incarnate,” served during His years of public ministry with words — words that gave back life, words that brought healing, words that restored peace, words that forgave, words that even nature obeyed. But even in our day and age, Jesus continues His ministry through His Word (biblical and liturgical) and through the sacraments. This is one way that He lives among us even today. When His Gospel is read and proclaimed, the Lord Jesus — whom we profess — is Himself present.

Two things then:

  1. Let us every day and in various occasions of life — pleasant or unpleasant — read and proclaim the Gospel. Through the Gospel narrations and teachings, Jesus becomes a guest in our joys and in our moments of sorrow. Let us draw comfort, strength, healing and inspiration from Him who is risen and alive among us.
  2. Let our conversations be Spirit-filled. Let us invoke Jesus’ abiding presence in our meetings, in our table fellowships, in our dialogues. Let us invite Jesus to draw near us, so that peace and joy may always be a fulfilling fruit of every human encounter. Fr. Domie Guzman, SSP

REFLECTION QUESTION: Resolve to be Jesus’ herald in every event that you grace. Recall an event where you experienced Jesus as very much part of a human conversation and meeting. How did you sense that presence?

Lord, help me to take every occasion as an opportunity to proclaim Your Word.

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THREE WAYS OF EXPERIENCING JESUS – We get to experience Jesus through His Word. Jesus explained to the two disciples everything that has been written about Him in the Scriptures. And while it was still unclear to them that Jesus was revealing Himself, they knew that they were being drawn to something divine. In Luke 24:32, they said to each other: “Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the Scriptures?”

Jesus is revealed in the Eucharist. He shared a meal with the two disciples. As He broke bread with them, their eyes were opened and they realized that it was Jesus all along. Luke couldn’t be even more explicit in referring to the meal as the Eucharist as he mentions the Eucharistic gestures: “He took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them” (Luke 24:30).

Jesus is experienced in communion. He walked with them, talked to them, and even stayed with them as they invited Him to spend the night with them for it was already late. The experience of Thomas highlights this. When he decided to mourn alone, away from his brothers, he did not see Christ after the resurrection. It was only when he returned to his community of fellow believers that he experienced and saw Christ. We see here the necessity of being part of a community, a church. His mystical body is made manifest when we are in communion with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Thomas Vincent (d.1678) gives these as the right disposition for someone who receives such manifestation: 1) rejoice in the Lord; 2) admire His free grace; and 3) labor to retain these manifestations.

May we truly acquire this disposition as we marvel at Christ’s manifestation in His Word, in the Eucharist, and in our communion. Fr. Sandy V. Enhaynes

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: How do you avail of the three ways in which to experience Jesus in your life? Which way needs more strengthening?

Lord Jesus, grant me the grace to be more open to Your manifestation to me through Your Word, the Eucharist, and my community. Amen.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

WEDNESDAY OF THE OCTAVE OF EASTER (YEAR C) – LUKAS 24:13-35. MAKAAKO BA ANG DIOS SA PAGPASAGAD KANATO? Ang duha ka tinun-an nga naglakaw sa dalan padulong sa Emmaus napuno sa kasubo, kahadlok ug kalibog tungod sa kamatayon sa ilang Magtutudlo. Samtang sila naglakaw, niduol si Hesus ug nakig-uban kanila, apan wala sila nakaila Kaniya. Diha na sila nakabantay nga si Hesus diay kadto sa dihang kini “nipikaspikas sa pan” ug nihatag niini ngadto kanila. Kining maong hitabo magtudlo kanato nga sa panahon sa kalisod ug kasakit, ang Dios dili magpasagad kondili makig-uban kanato. Magpahinumdum usab kini sa kabililhon sa Eukaristiya, ang pagpikaspikas sa pan, nga maoy maghatag og tinuod nga kinabuhi. Diha sa Eukaristiya masabtan nato ang plano sa Dios ug madawat ang gikinahanglang kusog ug grasya. Posted by Abet Uy

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Acts 3: 1-10; Lk 24:13-35

Journey to Emmaus

The Gospel passage of today presents a beautiful short story of how two of the disciples, who had lost all their hopes and appeared shattered, recognized Jesus when he broke bread at table after a long walk with them during which he enlightened them. Overwhelmed with joy they went to share with the other disciples the glad news of meeting the risen Jesus. The other disciples also shared the same news of meeting the risen Lord. “It is a fact that the Lord has risen, and he has appeared to Simon.” The evangelist has tried to communicate to the posterity the experience of the disciples with resurrected Jesus.

This could have been the experience of many followers of Jesus. Many of us may experience sometimes dark nights in our lives, a situation of being shattered, broken and seeing no ray of hope.  The experience of the disciples of Jesus should remind us in such situations we are not alone; Jesus is walking along with us, not being recognized by us. As the two disciples did, we must have the honesty to open ourselves before Jesus who may appear before us in the form of a stranger or a guide or a friend; we must have the readiness to invite him/her to our home and we must have the willingness to share meals with him/her. It is at the dining table when we are in communion with others we experience the presence of Jesus who shows us the path of peace and joy.

Even when the disciples were confused and facing a hopeless situation they were searching for light. That is why they shared their agonies and doubts with Jesus who appeared to them in the form of a stranger. They also diligently listened to Jesus when “he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself”. That is why they said to each other when Jesus vanished out their sight, “Was not our heart burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, as he opened the scriptures to us?” In order to experience support and enlightenment from the Lord a disciple of Jesus has to be a seeker and a good listener. It is through personal prayer and contemplation that a disciple of Jesus becomes a seeker and listener. A disciple who is undergoing crisis needs it more than others. Often Jesus does not come directly to help a disciple, but he acts through the medium of other human persons. In the conversion of Saul Cornelius was the human instrument used by Jesus. Along with prayer and contemplation a disciple is expected to seek advice and guidance from others to get out of crisis situations.

As the two disciples hastened to share their joy with the other disciples, we too must be ready to share with others the gifts we receive from Jesus. Overcoming a crisis situation is a great learning experience and a disciple of Jesus who has undergone such an experience must be ready to help others who undergo crisis situations.

Faith in the resurrection of Jesus shall deepen our faith in the presence of Jesus with us especially when we undergo crisis. Then we will be able to say with St. Paul, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4: 13) Fr. Jacob Peenikaparambil CMI 

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March 30, 2016

REFLECTION: It is interesting to observe how male chauvinism has had such an impact on the life of the Church (remember: five times more males canonized) and our understanding of Scripture (v.g. Mary Magdelene for centuries branded as a prostitute by Churchmen when we now know that she was nothing of the sort).

Well, today’s gospel reading shows once more male chauvinism raising its ugly head. For there we hear of two disciples of Jesus walking towards Emmaus. One of them is named Cleophas. We learn later that these two men (according to the unanimous interpretation of exegetes—most of whom are men) live together. Are they brothers? Are they gay?

But this episode actually involves, not two men, but a normal couple: Cleophas and his wife, Mary. For we know that Cleophas had a wife and that her name was Mary, because she is named with other women at the foot of the cross: “Standing by cross of Jesus were Mary, the wife of Cleophas” (Jn 19:25). So both of these were disciples of Jesus and now, disillusioned after the crucifixion, they are returning home.
Ask a hundred Christians about this episode and almost all will speak of two male disciples. Why this constant bias? Do women not form half the population of the world?

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