Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

April 19, 2017 – Wednesday within the Octave of Easter

Alleluia! This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (24:13-35)

That very day, the first day of the week,
two of Jesus’ disciples were going
to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.

He asked them,
“What are you discussing as you walk along?”
They stopped, looking downcast.
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?”
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,
how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
to a sentence of death and crucified him.
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.
Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
they were at the tomb early in the morning
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.
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.”
And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are!
How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
and enter into his glory?”

Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them what referred to him
in all the Scriptures.
As they approached the village to which they were going,
he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
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.
And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.

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?”

So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
where they found gathered together
the Eleven and those with them who were saying,
“The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”
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.

 

Reflect: Their eyes were opened and they recognized him. The disciples on the way to the town of Emmaus were downcast, still grieving the death of Jesus and the trauma of all that had transpired in the past few days. Suddenly, Jesus begins to walk with them but their eyes couldn’t recognize him. How could that be? Surely they had spent many days in his presence; but the impact of their pain and loss and their focus on the limitation found in the things of this world made it difficult for them to see and understand. But they welcomed Jesus nonetheless. As Jesus began to explain the scriptures, their hearts were softened and burned for more of his words. When he sat and broke bread with them (the celebration of the Eucharist) “their eyes were opened and they recognized him.” Jesus is present to us and with us. He speaks to us through the holy scripture, the Word of God. He is truly present – body, blood, soul and divinity – in the Eucharist. The more we read and listen to scripture, the more we participate in the Eucharist and receive the Body and Blood of Jesus, the more our eyes are open to recognize him and his ways. We need Jesus as we walk through our own life journeys. Sometimes it’s hard for us to recognize his presence, but we should ask him to reveal himself and stay with us – he wants to walk with us every step of the way!

Questions: What might be stopping me from recognizing Jesus in my midst? What can I do to welcome Jesus into my everyday life? What are some basic life adjustments that I could make to read more from the Bible or to participate in Mass and receive the Body and Blood of Jesus more frequently?

Pray: Loving God, you fill my heart with joy at the celebration of your victory over sin and death. May what I experience now bring me closer to you and help me to be filled with eternal joy in your Kingdom to come.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

The disciples recognized the Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread, alleluia!

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