April 26, 2020

3rd Sunday of Easter

Easter puts us in touch with an experience set on the day of resurrection, that very day, the first day of the week. This day is the first Sunday, a day to encounter the risen Christ, the One who walks with us now risen from death. It is the third day since this took place, the crucifixion and death of one mighty in deed and word. Jesus, unknown, walks with them. In similar times of disappointment in our lives, we might hear Jesus say to us, “Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!” Jesus unlocks the Scriptures for us.

Sunday Eucharist is an experience of the risen Christ in word and sacrifice. Christ is present to us in the reading of the Scriptures. The living Word speaks through the Holy Spirit incarnate in our lives in the body of Christ. The message of the gospel is received in our hearing to be lived in our lives. Their eyes began to open, but especially their hearts. Were not our hearts-burning within us while he spoke to us along the way and unlocked the Scriptures to us?

Where and how can we see and meet the living, risen Lord tangibly? The story of the people of Emmaus today replies: “On the way,” and especially “at the Table!” Here we meet Jesus in the encouragement of a stranger who, despite our disappointment, teaches us to put a word of God on our lives to understand it better. And, especially in the Paschal Mystery, in the community of faith “at his table,” where in the breaking of the bread, we find the strength to be sent out living the joy of the risen Lord now present among us. Be that sign of Christ risen in your love toward others.

Let us pray:

In the breaking of the bread, we have known him, we have been fed. Jesus, the stranger, be our companion, be our hope. Gathered at table, joined as his body, sealed in the Spirit, sent by the Word. (Bob Hurd, Damean Music)


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