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May 4th 2014 – Third Sunday of Easter

Posted: May 3, 2014 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections by Dr. Scott Hahn

Emmaus and Us

Readings:
Acts 2:14,22-28
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11
1 Peter 1:17-21
Luke 24:13-35

We should put ourselves in the shoes of the disciples in today’s Gospel. Downcast and confused they’re making their way down the road, unable to understand all the things that have occurred.

They know what they’ve seen – a prophet mighty in word and deed. They know what they were hoping for – that He would be the redeemer of Israel. But they don’t know what to make of His violent death at the hands of their rulers.

They can’t even recognize Jesus as He draws near to walk with them. He seems like just another foreigner visiting Jerusalem for the Passover.

Note that Jesus doesn’t disclose His identity until they they describe how they found His tomb empty but “Him they did not see.” That’s how it is with us, too. Unless He revealed himself we would see only an empty tomb and a meaningless death.

How does Jesus make himself known at Emmaus? First, He interprets “all the Scriptures” as referring to Him. In today’s First Reading and Epistle, Peter also opens the Scriptures to proclaim the meaning of Christ’s death according to the Father’s “set plan” – foreknown before the foundation of the world.

Jesus is described as a new Moses and a new Passover lamb. He is the One of whom David sang in today’s Psalm – whose soul was not abandoned to corruption but was shown the path of life.

After opening the Scriptures, Jesus at table took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to the disciples – exactly what He did at the Last Supper (see Luke 22:14-20).

In every Eucharist, we reenact that Easter Sunday at Emmaus. Jesus reveals himself to us in our journey. He speaks to our hearts in the Scriptures. Then at the table of the altar, in the person of the priest, He breaks the bread.

The disciples begged him, “Stay with us.” So He does. Though He has vanished from our sight, in the Eucharist – as at Emmaus – we know Him in the breaking of the bread.

 

Disciple of Christ

Posted: May 3, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

As a disciple of Christ, I am full time Catholic holding a part time job in my place of employment.  In any given situation I am a full time disciple loving and serving my Lord and brethren.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 3, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Have we let the light go off? Or have we allowed sin to blow it off? Has doubt in the resurrection set in? Or are we Easter people living in the joy of our resurrected Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ?!

Dying to sin and living in the light is an on-going process, a daily struggle if you will. A struggle we do not need to face alone. For we have the living word and the Holy Spirit to help and guide us. And a faith that can go deeper and stronger, if we spend quality time in prayer and reflection with our Lord.

We depend not on our eyes to see but our hearts centred on Jesus.

Glory to You O Lord! Alleluia

FIRST READING
1 Corinthians 15:1–8

GOSPEL
John 14:6–14

Jesus said to Thomas, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”