Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
April 19, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesusı disciples were
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
with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. (Luke
What was it that made the disciples unable to recognize the Lord? Was
something supernatural that Jesus had done to prevent their seeing? Or,
it something much more simple and common, perhaps the disciplesı own
blindness to what had actually transpired over their months with Him
during the Passover at Jerusalem?
How easy it is for us humans to forget what we have been taught, then
dismayed at the way things turn out. Jesus had told his disciples that
would die and that should have been no surprise to them. However, He
said He would rise again and that death would have no power over Him.
they seemed to have forgotten, even though they had received reports of
before leaving Jerusalem. For years Israel had expected a powerful,
political messiah that would free them from occupation and bondage and,
though the Messiah came with a different message, His followers seemed
have still held out hope that Israel would be freed in some political
Jesusı greatest miracle remains with us in the Eucharist. It was no
that these disciples could finally see Him after the breaking of the
or as the final words of todayıs gospel so beautifully tell us, "He was
known to them in the breaking of the bread." Are there things in our
that keep us from seeing the Lord? It is through the Eucharist that our
are once again opened to Him.
- Don Claunch, SFO
(dlclaunch at bresnan dot net)
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