Easter Thursday
Malvern Minute


Thursday within the Octave of Easter

April 16, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Acts of the Apostles 3:11-26

Psalm 8

Luke 24:35-48

While traveling through Europe renowned Spanish artist Pablo Picasso lost his passport.  He came to a border crossing and explained his predicament to one of the guards.  He identified himself and thought he would be recognized and allowed to pass.  The guard refused to let him pass claiming that many people attempt to cross the border by claiming to be persons they were not.

In today’s Gospel narrative Jesus appears to His eleven apostles and assures them that He is not a ghost.  To prove to them that He has risen from the dead he tells the disciples to look at and touch the wounds on His hands and feet and asks them, “Have you anything here to eat?”    

We all understand that Jesus in His glorified body does not need to eat.  He eats for the sake of His apostles.  He eats, not so much for the sake of eating, but for the table friendship with his dearest friends.  The disciples were gathered in community and Christ in turn gathers the community around the fire for a meal.  The disciples begin to believe and they begin to trust.

When we recognize who Christ is in the breaking of the bread, He is fully present to us.  When we see Him for who He is, as the Risen Son of God and also fully human, He opens our minds to understand the Scriptures.  He brings peace to us and peace to the world. 

Sisters and brothers, as the world battles to discover the cure for the Coronavirus and remain safe from its effects we need Jesus and we need one another more than ever.  “Peace be with you.”

Question of the Day:  How will you recognize Jesus in everyone you meet?

Prayer:  “This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.  Alleluia, alleluia.”  (Gospel Acclamation for April 16, 2020)

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.


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