Posted by: livingscripture | April 30, 2017

Third Sunday in Eastertide

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

April 30, 2017

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTERTIDE

 

 

WORD of the DAY

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.             (Luke  24: 29)

How shall I live this Word?

This is a very well-known passage of Luke when the disciples meet the Lord on their way to Emmaus.  They were returning from the paschal celebrations and going home when they meet Jesus but do not recognize Him.  However, the Presence of Jesus inspires in them a sense of trust and such appreciation that they invite Him to remain for supper with them at the inn.

What is striking for us today in this passage is the influence, the sympathy, the trust that Jesus exercises over the two of them.  It is the Just One, the Word of God become human who had accepted the horrible destruction of death on a cross, but now He is the Risen One: the only one who since Adam, had been able to totally eradicate death.  His divine majesty did not lose one iota of His glory; however, it is willingly veiled.  Why?  The One who had accepted and lived the plan of the Father, but also the one who showed with His explosive act of love what all this means.  Thus, we understand the beauty of that expression: “He went in to stay with them”.

Lord, this is what You ask of us today…to REMAIN WITH YOU is the Father’s plan and He wants to save us.  I want to accept You with all my heart in the Gospel Word, in the Eucharist, in my neighbor…this is salvation.  Let my whole life be a song of gratitude to You!

The Voice of Pope Francis

 What does it mean that Jesus is risen?  It means that the love of God is stronger than evil and of death itself.  It means that the love of God can transform our life and bring to blossom the areas of desert that are in our heart”.  (Easter Message of the Holy Father and the blessing “Urbi et Orbi”, 3/31/2013)

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