Posted by: livingscripture | April 8, 2015


From the Word of the Day

 “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.”            (Luke 24: 34-35)                          



How should we live this WordEmmaus

“At once” – this is the same expression the evangelist Luke uses for the shepherds during the narration of Jesus’ birth.  The angels appear to the shepherds during their night vigil and announce to them the birth of the Savior.  They immediately go to Bethlehem to see the child.

Now, two disciples are on their way to Emmaus and show the same behavior.  The news that the Savior is risen makes them leave aside all resistance, fear, and hesitation.  Even the night and the distance do not daunt them.  They must go, overcoming all obstacles.

The encounter with the Eleven who had remained in Jerusalem is a reciprocal confirmation that it is the Lord who is appearing.  The two of Emmaus had recognized Him in the breaking of the bread.  Simon had listened to the women who were witnesses to the empty tomb and the angels’ voices.  They had gone to the tomb and found only the linen cloths, but that was enough!

That meeting of awe, joy, and reciprocal communication marked by hope, becomes the ideal place to receive Jesus.  He manifests Himself; He becomes present among them and invites them to let go of all fear.  He takes up daily life with them; “Have you something to eat?”

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will enter into this scene and even try to recreate it among those who know and love Jesus so as to increase our hope and faith in our Resurrected Jesus!

Lord, Your resurrection makes You present and active everywhere.  Each time that two or three are gathered in Your name, You are here with us.  Thank You, Lord for remaining with us always.

The Voice of Enzo Bianchi, Monk

It is Jesus, always Jesus, the Son of Mary.  It is that Jesus whom the disciples had seen and touched, and yet, it is a Jesus who is already in God, glorified as Lord and God.  The Crucified not only had a human body, but was a human body, with a human psyche.  Now He is entirely in God, transfigured and glorified.



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