Sunday, May 4th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 24:13-35.
Third Sunday of Easter – Year A
4 MAY 2014
They urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly
evening and the day is almost over.”
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 24:13-35.
That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus’
disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing
about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?”
They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
“Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of
the things that have taken place there in these days?”
And he replied to them, “What sort of things?”
They said to him, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,
how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
to a sentence of death and crucified him.
But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;
and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place.
Some women from our group,
however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in the morning
and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
who announced that he was alive.
Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women had described,
but him they did not see.”
And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are!
How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures.
As they approached the village to which they were going,
he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
So he went in to stay with them.
And it happened that, 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.
Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning (within us) while he spoke
to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?”
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where
they found gathered together the eleven and those with them
who were saying, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”
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.
Third Sunday of Easter – Year A
Commentary of the day
Saint John-Paul II,
from 1978 to 2005
Saint John-Paul II,
from 1978 to 2005
Apostolic Letter « Mane nobiscum Domine » §24-28
(trans. © copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana)
“They set out at once and returned to Jerusalem”
The two disciples of Emmaus, upon recognizing the Lord, “set out immediately” ( Lk 24,33), in order to report what they had seen and heard. Once we have truly met the Risen One by partaking of his body and blood, we cannot keep to ourselves the joy we have experienced. The encounter with Christ, constantly intensified and deepened in the Eucharist, issues in the Church and in every Christian an urgent summons to testimony and evangelization. I wish to emphasize this… based on the words of Saint Paul: “As often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Cor 11,26). The Apostle closely relates meal and proclamation: entering into communion with Christ in the memorial of his Pasch also means sensing the duty to be a missionary of the event made present in that rite.(22) The dismissal at the end of each Mass is a charge given to Christians, inviting them to work for the spread of the Gospel and the imbuing of society with Christian values.
The Eucharist not only provides the interior strength needed for this mission, but is also —in some sense—its plan. For the Eucharist is a mode of being, which passes from Jesus into each Christian, through whose testimony it is meant to spread throughout society and culture. For this to happen, each member of the faithful must assimilate, through personal and communal meditation, the values which the Eucharist expresses… One fundamental element is found in the very meaning of the word “Eucharist”: thanksgiving… This transcendent point of reference, which commits us constantly to give thanks for all that we have and are…, it is also a project of solidarity for all of humanity… The Christian who takes part in the Eucharist learns to become a promotor of communion, peace and solidarity in every situation…, a practical commitment to building a more just and fraternal society…, practical sharing with the poor…: by bending down to wash the feet of his disciples (Jn 13,1), Jesus explains the meaning of the Eucharist unequivocally.
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