Posted by: livingscripture | April 27, 2011


From the Word of the Day 

While they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.

               Luke 24: 18-19                                                                 

How should we live this Word 

The narrative speaks of two disciples who are going from Jerusalemto Emmaus, a nearby village.  They are speaking so excitedly that it is more a discussion than a serene conversation.  Their thoughts were painfully occupied and their words regarded an unheard of fact.  Jesus of Nazareth had been killed on the shameful cross.  He had been placed in a tomb and all their hopes had been buried with Him.  They had counted on Him and on His promises.  Now they are depressed and sad, lost in death and delusion.

Here the text tells us thatJesussimply approached them and walked with them along the road.  There is nothing spectacular or miraculous.  However, it is Jesus, in the flesh, but their eyes were impeded from recognizing Him.  This incapacity to see what regards God and His action in our life afflicts us today as well.   We have a spiritual myopia in our contact with reality because interior vision is lacking.  That gaze which penetrates beyond superficial words and deeds and events is missing.  The eyes of our heart are closed.  As a great writer who is also a believer affirmed, ‘I can only see well with my heart.’ 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask for the light of the Resurrection for my heart to contemplate the event ofJesus’ victory over death. Hopehas not been buried.  It is alive in Him and in me through the gift of His love.                                                                                                      

Lord Jesus, increase my faith.  Open my interior eyes that I may recognize You on my life’s journey.

The voice of St. Ambrose, Church Father

God’s love is great and without comparison.  He has all eternity to draw to Himself with the bonds of love those He loves.  I assure You, He will not tire.


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