April 08, 2015
1st Reading: Acts 3:1–10
Gospel: Lk 24:13–35
That same day, two of them were going to Emmaus, a village seven miles from Jerusalem, and they talked about what had happened. While they were talking and wondering, Jesus came up and walked with them, but their eyes were held and they did not recognize him.
He asked, “What is this you are talking about?” The two stood still, looking sad. Then one named Cleophas answered, “Why, it seems you are the only traveler in Jerusalem who doesn’t know what has happened there these past- few days.” And he asked, “What is it?”
They replied, “It is about Jesus of Nazareth. He was a prophet, you know, mighty in word and deed before God and the people. But the chief priests and our rulers sentenced him to death. They handed him over to be crucified. We had hoped that he would redeem Israel.
It is now the third day since all this took place. It is true that some women of our group have disturbed us. When they went to the tomb at dawn, they did not find his body; they came to tell us that they had seen a vision of angels who told them that Jesus was alive. Some friends of our group went to the tomb and found everything just as the women had said, but they did not see him.”
He said to them, “How dull you are, how slow of understanding! You fail to believe the message of the prophets. Is it not written that the Christ should suffer all this and then enter his glory?” Then, starting with Moses and going through the prophets, he explained to them everything in the Scriptures concerning himself.
As they drew near the village they were heading for, Jesus made as if to go farther. But they prevailed upon him, “Stay with us, for night comes quickly. The day is now almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. When they were at table, he took the bread, said a blessing, broke it and gave each a piece.
Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; but he vanished out of their sight. And they said to each other, “Were not our hearts filled with ardent yearning when he was talking to us on the road and explaining the Scriptures?”
They immediately set out and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and their companions gathered together. They were greeted by these words: “Yes, it is true, the Lord is risen! He has appeared to Simon!”
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
The Emmaus encounter reflects the two parts of the Mass, namely, the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. As Jesus nourished his disciples with explanations of Scriptures on their way to Emmaus, Jesus nourishes us with his Word at the Liturgy of the Word. As the disciples recognized Jesus at the breaking of the bread, we recognize Him in the bread and wine we consecrate at the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Would that in the Eucharist we celebrate we come to recognize the Lord! – Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM. Email: email@example.com. Website: http://www.frdan.org.
Prayer for the day: God our Father, open our eyes, so that we may see Jesus in the Masses we celebrate and so become his witnesses to the world. Grant this through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
SAINT OF THE DAY: ST. WALTER OF PONTOISE, Abbot. He was born in Picardy, France in the 11th century. He became a professor of Philosophy and Rhetoric. Later, he entered a Benedictine Abbey and eventually became abbot. He was widely recognized for his talents and both King Philip I, who appointed him abbot, and Pope Gregory VII, whose advice he sought, were opposed to his desire to lead a life of solitude. Later he was beaten and sent to prison for speaking against simony and the evils of the secular clergy. After his release he founded a convent in honor of Mary. He died on Good Friday in 1095.