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Wednesday 1st Week of Easter

Today’s Mass Readings

Wednesday 1st Week of Easter

Luke 24:13-35.

We can see in today’s readings that Jesus is so unpredictable, we will always be surprised. Let us open ourselves to his blessings and mercy that come in ways we do not expect.

So far this week we have heard accounts of Jesus resurrection
from the evangelists Matthew and John.

Now we’re hearing Luke’s account
of an appearance of Jesus after his resurrection,
known as “The road to Emmaus.”

Once again they did not recognize Jesus immediately,
not until as their eyes were opened
when Jesus broke the bread.
Also we have in this account the structure of the Eucharist
as it is celebrated today,
the Liturgy of the Word during their walk
and the Liturgy of the Eucharist
when they arrived at their house.

Luke always concentrates on the compassion
that Jesus has on ordinary people.

You see this in today’s reading.
These two ordinary people, Cleopas and his companion,
are not mentioned in any other part of the Scriptures.

They are approached by Jesus
as they were walking away from Jerusalem, grief stricken.

This is Luke’s surprise.

He wants us to know that people like us
and not just major Gospel figures
are privileged to be approached by Jesus as well.
How many millions and millions of people
does Jesus approach every day to console them
in their difficulties and they do not realize it?

These two disciples recognized Jesus
in the breaking of the bread,
pointing to his cross and resurrection.

Before people come to celebrate the Mass
and recognize the real presence of Jesus,
we have to approach them,
and comfort them in their sorrows and difficulties.

Who will be our Cleopas today?

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida.

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