April 19, 2015
3rd Sunday of Easter
1st Reading: Acts 3:13–15, 17–19
2nd Reading: 1 John 2:1–5a
Gospel: Luke 24:35–48
Then the two told what had happened on the road and how Jesus made himself known when he broke bread with them.
As they went on talking about this, Jesus himself stood in their midst. And he said to them, “Peace to you.” In their panic and fright they thought they were seeing a ghost, but he said to them, “Why are you upset and why do such ideas cross your mind? Look at my hands and feet and see that it is I myself. Touch me and see for yourselves that a ghost has no flesh and bones as I have.”
In their joy they didn’t dare believe and were still astonished. So he said to them, “Have you anything to eat?” and they gave him a piece of broiled fish. He took it and ate it before them.
Then Jesus said to them, “Remember the words I spoke to you when I was still with you: Everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms had to be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And he went on, “You see what was written: the Messiah had to suffer and on the third day rise from the dead. Then repentance and forgiveness in his name would be proclaimed to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. Now you shall be witnesses to this.
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
The two disciples of Emmaus shared their experience of the risen Lord to the other disciples who locked themselves up in fear. As they were testifying, Jesus appeared before them. The locked doors showed the extent of the disciples’ fears. Jesus’ penetration of those locked doors measured His desire to reach out to the disciples.
Jesus surprised them with the gift of peace. God is like that. In moments of crisis, God comes up with surprises. The disciples failed to appreciate the surprise gift of peace because even though Jesus already penetrated their locked doors they remained close deep within due to fear. They only loosened up when Jesus asked for food. Why? Because meal was one experience they had with Jesus that stood out among their many experiences with him. They were always in a meal fellowship. They were together during the wedding at Cana, they shared meal with tax collectors, and when Jesus was about to undergo the Passion one last important act he did was to take supper with them. In that great supper he told them: “As often as you do this, you do so in memory of me.” The intention was obvious: Jesus wanted his relationships to be marked by table fellowship.
When he asked for food it was like he renewed his meal fellowship with them. As he did he also explained Scriptures, opening their minds to the meaning of the Calvary experience. When they finally understood the meaning of the Calvary event and the necessity to proclaim the message of repentance and forgiveness to the world, Jesus tasked them to become his witnesses. Well, the disciples from Emmaus already performed this task. What was lacking was sufficient understanding of what they were supposed to preach. The resurrection event was yet to sink into their hearts. It was simply overwhelming! – Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.frdan.org.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: God our Father, you satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts. Fill us with gratitude so that we may freely share with others the joy of Easter, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
SAINT OF THE DAY: St. Leo IX, Pope. He was born on June 21, 1002 in Italy and was baptized Bruno. As a deacon, he became the troop commander under Emperor Conrad II during the invasion of Italy in 1026. As Bishop he was able to institute reforms among the secular clergy and the Cluniac reform in the monasteries during his twenty-year rule of his diocese. He became Pope Leo IX at the age of 47. He earned the name “Apostolic Pilgrim” because he went to practically all the places in Europe to make sure that the reforms he introduced were carried out. Among these changes was the policy that only Cardinals can elect Popes. He died at the age of 52 in 1054 and was canonized in 1082 by Pope Victor III.