Tuesday, March 29, 2016
30 March 2016
Acts 3:1–10 / Lk 24:13 – 35
From the Gospel Reading: Lk 24:13 - 35
That same day, two of them were going to Emmaus, a village seven miles from Jerusalem, and they talked about what had happened. While they were talking and wondering, Jesus came up and walked with them, but their eyes were held and they did not recognize him.
He asked, "What is this you are talking about?" The two stood still, looking sad. Then one named Cleophas answered, "Why, it seems you are the only traveller in Jerusalem who doesn't know what has happened there these past few days." And he asked, "What is it?"
They replied, "It is about Jesus of Nazareth. He was a prophet, you know, mighty in word and deed before God and the people. But the chief priests and our rulers sentenced him to death. They handed him over to be crucified. We had hoped that he would redeem Israel.
"It is now the third day since all this took place. It is true that some women of our group have disturbed us. When they went to the tomb at dawn, they did not find his body; they came to tell us that they had seen a vision of angels who told them that Jesus was alive. Some friends of our group went to the tomb and found everything just as the women had said, but they did not see him."
He said to them, "How dull you are, how slow of understanding! You fail to believe the message of the prophets. Is it not written that the Christ should suffer all this and then enter his glory?" Then starting with Moses and going through the prophets, he explained to them everything in the Scriptures concerning himself.
As they drew near the village they were heading for, Jesus made as if to go farther. But they prevailed upon him, "Stay with us, for night comes quickly. The day is now almost over." So he went in to stay with them. When they were at table, he took the bread, said a blessing, broke it and gave each a piece.
Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; but he vanished out of their sight. And they said to each other, "Were not our hearts filled with ardent yearning when he was talking to us on the road and explaining the Scriptures?"
They immediately set out and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and their companions gathered together. They were greeted by these words: "Yes, it is true, the Lord is risen! He has appeared to Simon!" Then the two told what had happened on the road and how Jesus made himself known when he broke bread with them.
How well do we know our Lord? Would we recognize Him if He walked among us?
Today's gospel recounts the events that transpired on the road to Emmaus. The disciples were so overcome with grief and confusion that they failed to realize that it was the Lord Himself walking alongside them. We might shake our heads incredulously at this crazy oversight, but it is not farfetched – people only see what they want to see, and it's amazing how the mind's eye can fool our vision.
Jesus invites us today to open our eyes and see Him in His myriad manifestations in our lives. Even in our darkest moments, He walks with us – we just have to look with open hearts.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Shiela May A. Diestro
Ces C. Jose
For the eternal repose of the soul of Isabelo Uy.
For the eternal repose of the soul of Yolanda Sy Ho.
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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