May 4th~Sunday Gospel Reading ~ The Appearance on the Road to Emmaus

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13Now that very day two of them were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,i 14and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. 15And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, 16 j but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. 17He asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?” They stopped, looking downcast. 18One 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?” 19And 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,k 20how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. 21l 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. 22m Some women from our group, however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in the morning 23and 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. 24n 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.” 25o And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! 26Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer* these things and enter into his glory?” 27Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures.p 28As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. 29But 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. 30And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. 31With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. 32Then 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?” 33So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them 34who were saying, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”q 35Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread. (NAB)

FOR REFLECTION

Sometimes I feel like we are so busy recounting what has happen in our past that we miss the a very holy moment right in our midst. The two men clearly had been following the events around Jesus’ death and resurrection, yet they failed to recognize Jesus as they walked and talked with Him on the road.
1. Do take the moment to recognize Jesus or the  Holy Spirit in your present situation?
The men’s eyes where opened when they broke bread with Jesus.
2. This week, when you receive the Holy Eucharist, take time to really recognize the presence of Jesus with you. Pray that you will be open to Jesus’ presence.
The two men said, “We’re not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”. Have you ever experienced the burning within your heart and ignored it? This week, try to be more open to those signs that may be pointing you towards a closer relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ!

 

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