Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 26, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Today's first reading from the Acts of the Apostles shows the power of faith.
Simon Peter healed a crippled man. He did so not by his own power but by his faith in Jesus Christ. "I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, rise and walk." (Acts 3:6)
Today's Gospel reading begins with a slightly different tone. Two of Jesus' disciples leave Jerusalem after the crucifixion and after the women found Jesus' tomb empty. It can be assumed that they left because of a lack of faith, saying, "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." (Luke 24:20-21)
On the road to Emmaus they met Jesus, and so began their journey of faith. Jesus began to explain to them the Scriptures and how the Messiah would suffer to enter into glory (see Luke 24:26) and yet they still didn't recognize Jesus.
They only recognized Jesus when He broke the bread. Just as the Eucharist is a gift from God, so is our faith. When Jesus broke the bread, they received the gift of faith. This gift of faith enabled them to bring their journey to full circle. Not only did they finally understand what Jesus was explaining to them on the road to Emmaus but they also had the courage to return to Jerusalem.
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