April 12 2023 Gospel Reading and Reflection

4/12/2023 (Wednesday) Today’s gospel reading: Luke 24:13-35

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

4/12/2023 (Wednesday) Today’s gospel reflection: Luke 24:13-35

After Jesus was crucified and buried, some of His disciples perhaps thought that their hopes and dreams were also buried with Him. Disappointed, they decided to go back to their homes and rebuild their lives. The gospel reading above cites two of them. They were on the road to Emmaus. As they were walking, they discussed the events of the Passover week including the testimony of Mary Magdalene and others who saw the empty tomb. Out of nowhere, Jesus appears to them and started talking about the scriptures.

Although they did not yet recognize Jesus, there was something that made their hearts pound and burn with fire. That is the Word of God. Saint Paul says: “Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow.” (Heb. 4:12) When we listen to the Holy Scripture with openness, our heart will be full of joy.

Then the night came and Jesus was invited to their home. As they were having dinner, Jesus blessed the food and with that, the eyes of the disciples were opened and they recognized Him. Ah, first they listened to the Scripture then the breaking of the bread happened and the recognition followed.

Let us pray that we too may recognize the presence of Jesus when we listen to the Word of God and partake of His supper in the Eucharist.

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Gospel Reading with Reflection for April 12, 2023
Gospel Reading with Reflection for April 12, 2023

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