Thoughts on the Readings for the 3rd Sunday of Easter (A) 2014

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Our Gospel this weekend is the beautiful story of two of Jesus’ disciples encountering the risen Lord on the road to Emmaus.   We are told that initially they didn’t recognize him.   He walked with them, though, and talked with them and “interpreted to them what referred to him in all the Scriptures.”    When “he gave the impression that he was gong on farther, they urged him: ‘Stay with us,”    And “while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.  With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight.”    The disciples then made their way to Jerusalem “where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them…………….Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.”   

I’d like to suggest that the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus is really all of our stories.  There are times when Jesus walks with us on our journey of life, but for some reason we are not able to recognize him.  Then something happens and our eyes are opened and we realize that Jesus has indeed been with us all along.   Those moments of insight and recognition don’t occur as often as I would like, but the memory of them helps me to believe that Jesus is always with me ---- even and perhaps especially at those times when, like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, I am experiencing some turmoil or confusion.   

In our first reading this weekend from the Acts of the Apostles, Peter boldly proclaims Jesus’ resurrection and the promise of the Holy Spirit.  “Exalted at the right hand of God, he received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father and poured him forth as you see and hear.”   

Our second reading this weekend is from the first Letter of Saint Peter.  In it Peter reminds us that we “were ransomed from your futile conduct, handled on by your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ as of a spotless unblemished lamb.”   

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

1.    Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, have you ever suddenly discovered Christ’s presence with you? 
2.    What helped you to recognize/realize Christ’s presence?  
3.    The disciples on the road to Emmaus couldn’t wait to share their experience of the risen Lord with the other disciples.   Have you shared your experience of Christ with anyone?   

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