Tuesday, April 14, 2009
EASTER WEDNESDAY – YEAR I
Peter and John were going up to the temple area
for the three o'clock hour of prayer.
And a man crippled from birth was carried
and placed at the gate of the temple called "the Beautiful Gate" every
to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple.
When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple,
he asked for alms.
But Peter looked intently at him, as did John,
and said, "Look at us."
He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.
Peter said, "I have neither silver nor gold,
but what I do have I give you:
in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk."
Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up,
and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong.
He leaped up, stood, and walked around,
and went into the temple with them,
walking and jumping and praising God.
When all the people saw him walking and praising God,
they recognized him as the one
who used to sit begging at the Beautiful Gate of the temple,
and they were filled with amazement and astonishment
at what had happened to him.
That very day, the first day of the week,
two of Jesus' disciples were going
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 walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them,
"What are you discussing as you walk along?"
They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
"Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
who does not know of the things
that have taken place there in these days?"
And he replied to them, "What sort of things?"
They said to him,
"The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people,
how 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;
and besides all this,
it is now the third day since this took place.
Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
they were at the tomb early in the morning
and did not find his Body;
they came back and reported
that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
who announced that he was alive.
Then some of those with us went to the tomb
and found things just as the women had described,
but him they did not see."
And he said to them, "Oh, how foolish you are!
How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
and enter into his glory?"
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them what referred to him
in all the Scriptures.
As they approached the village to which they were going,
he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
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.
And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other,
"Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?"
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.
In today's Gospel, we hear the Emmaus story. After Jesus died a
violent death, his followers were left not knowing what to do. We can
imagine that they must have been fluctuating among many emotions:
sadness, anger, emptiness, frustration and despair. Then the reports
of the empty tomb raised new questions. Many were confused by the
recent events and the witness of the two women, Mary Magdalene and
another Mary that they had seen Jesus. They wanted to believe, but
were unsure of what it all meant.
Two disciples of Jesus were walking away from Jerusalem on the road to
Emmaus when a fellow traveler joined them. They told him of all that
had happened and invited this apparent stranger to dine with them that
evening, all the while failing to recognize that it was Jesus to whom
they were talking. It was only when the traveler blessed and broke the
bread that their eyes were opened and they recognized Jesus but at
that point Jesus just disappeared. Suddenly they saw clearly what had
been right before them all along. Jesus was clearly alive and well. He
had risen and was there among them. These two disciples excitedly ran
back at once to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples that they had
Perhaps this story has also repeated itself in our own experiences.
The events of life can get to us, leaving us confused, angry, and
despairing. Perhaps, we, like the travelers on the road to Emmaus,
have simply failed to see that God is right here with us, always,
every step of the way. It is God who will help us to make sense of the
journey. Very often, it will be the people who journey with us who
will remind us that Jesus is among us. We can remember the words from
the Letter to the Hebrews where the author says: "Do not neglect
hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels."
The Emmaus story is our story as well. It is a story about Jesus being
abundantly present to us even when we are unable to see him. The
necessary element for claiming this saving presence is taking the time
to reflect on each life situation. Each celebration of the Eucharist
provides us with this opportunity. It is in having the Scriptures
opened to us and in the breaking of the bread that we find our
salvation and the willingness to proclaim to others: Jesus Christ is
risen. In the breaking of the bread, in the cup that we share, in the
people whom we encounter on the road of life, and in the beauty of
creation which surrounds us, we, like the disciples, can come to see
clearly that God is with his people.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the healing and strength of:
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Ester Marcelo
- Christy Chin
- Dapo family
… for the speedy recovery of: Gaudencio
… for the safety of Johnson Cuiting
… for the personal intentions of Pauline
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Ramon K. Meneses. Eternal rest
grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and all
the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Wedding Anniversary: Andy & Julie Miano
- Wedding Anniversary: Benito & Cynthia G. Tan
- Wedding Anniversary: Teto & Emer Aguiluz
… for the healing and peace of all families
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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