May 4, 2014

Third Sunday of Easter

Today’s Gospel, which is commonly known as the ‘Road to Emmaus,’ tells us the story of two disciples who are leaving Jerusalem after the Resurrection.  They went to the tomb and saw that it was empty, but they saw it only with the eyes of the world and not the eyes of faith.  For the eyes of faith would have told them that Christ had Risen.  We know that they did not believe otherwise they would not have left Jerusalem sad.

This Gospel is also often used to explain the Holy Mass.  First Christ comes to us in Word, He opens the scriptures to us and makes connections to the Old Testament.  This is the Liturgy of the Word, where we listen to the readings from the Old and New Testaments.  After this, Christ joins the disciples for a meal and they recognize Him as the Risen Christ in the Breaking of the Bread.  This is the Liturgy of the Eucharist, where we are nourished by the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ—the Eucharistic Bread—which is broken and shared with us for our salvation.

In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded by the culture and media which tell us to look with eyes of the world.  To look upon our own suffering with despair, to eagerly share bad news and spread gossip, but keep the good news silent.  Every time we come to Mass, Christ wants to remind us who we are—His beloved Church, His Bride.  He wants to feed us and nourish us so that we may return to the world seeing with the eyes of faith which will enable us to counter the bad news with the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Our faith reminds us that every cross we carry is followed by a resurrection, we need not despair but be a people of Good News.

“God’s word, listened to and celebrated, above all in the Eucharist, nourishes and inwardly strengthens Christians, enabling them to offer an authentic witness to the Gospel in daily life.”  Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel.

 

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