Easter Wednesday
Malvern Minute


Wednesday within the Octave of Easter

April 15, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Acts of the Apostles 3:1-10

Psalm 105

Luke 24:13-35


In today’s Gospel narrative our Lord is not recognized by two of His disciples on their way to Emmaus.  Could they have been so distraught by the tragic death of their leader that all of their hopes and dreams were shattered?   Jesus speaks and explains the Scriptures to them in order to put sense to the confusing events that happened in the Holy City.  He explained to them the meaning of the prophecies that, “Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?”  The disciples begin to understand and invite Jesus to dine with them.  However, why did the two disciples fail to recognize Jesus immediately?

Saint Augustine answered this important question by saying, “They were so disturbed when they say Him hanging on the cross that they forgot His teaching, did not look for His resurrection and failed to keep His promises in mind.”  (From Sermon 235.1)  He continued, “Their eyes were obstructed, that they should not recognize Him until the breaking of the bread.  And thus, in accordance with the state of their minds, which was still ignorant of the truth, ‘that the Christ would die and rise again,’ their eyes were similarly hindered.  It was not that the truth Himself was misleading them but rather that, they were themselves unable to perceive the truth.”  (From The Harmony of the Gospels, 3.25-72)

It is only in the breaking of the Bread, that the two disciples recognize Jesus.  In our case, we are called to recognize Him in the Holy Eucharist and through our faith and love for Him.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church (No. 1362) teaches us that the Eucharist is the “Making present and the Sacrament offering of Christ.”   By his presence in the Eucharist He walks for us, He walks with us throughout our lives, and is waiting for us at the end of our earthly journey.     

Question of the Day:  How well will you travel with Jesus on your individual road to life everlasting?

Prayer:  “We pray, O Lord, that the reverent reception of the Sacrament of your Son may cleanse us from our old ways and transform us into a new creation.  Through Christ our Lord.”  (Prayer after Communion for April 15, 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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