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Back Third Sunday of Easter
Friday, April 24, 2020
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
As we continue to celebrate the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, the weekend selection of lessons from the Gospels assist us in reviewing those stories, preserved within the tradition of the scripture. They also teach us how we too are to evangelize and assist others to come to faith in Jesus, as the Messiah and Christ of God.
The selection from the Gospel of John is a most familiar and cherished story of two of the disciples of Jesus who on Resurrection Sunday are returning back home, disappointed that the life of Jesus didn’t turn out the way they had been hoping. Jesus, as a stranger, appears and begins to walk along side them and His inquiry leads them to review just what had happened, as well as their disappointment. Then, Jesus begins to remind them of the various passages of the Law and the Prophets that foretold what would happen to the Messiah of God. These moments of teaching begin to appear logical to them. One could almost hear them say, “you know I forgot about that.” After being welcomed to remain with them, the stranger takes bread and identically offers the same prayers that Jesus did at the Last Supper, causing them to recognize Him. Filled with joy they return immediately to Jerusalem, from which they just came, to share with the gathered disciples about what just happened to them and how they recognized Jesus in the “breaking of the bread.”
In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Peter becomes the spokesman for the eleven who, just after Pentecost, has an opportunity to address a crowd mystified that these simple men, the disciples, were speaking about Jesus in various languages understood by the variety of visitors in Jerusalem. Just like Jesus in the Gospel, Peter reviews the history of what happened to Jesus, including His Resurrection. In doing this, Peter meets the people where they are in their experience, reviewing the history of current events. Peter goes on to quote various passages from the Book of Psalms, which they would also would have been familiar. Peter then makes the point that Jesus was the one that David prophesied about for Jesus was a descendent of David’s family. By this witness many come to believe.
In a similar way, we too are called to know and understand all that has been written about Jesus whom we declare as our Messiah and Christ. We too are called to meet people where they are, within their lives and share with them the benefits of the amazing relationship with Jesus.
Throughout these days of the pandemic, we are isolated within our own homes. Like people of the early Church we are challenged to keep our faith alive by our own efforts of personal prayer, frequenting livestream or televised worship and are called upon to invite Jesus personally within our hearts via “spiritual communion.” We are also called upon to recognize and long for the time when we too will be able to gather together again and receive the Lord Sacramentally. We are called to share our longings with others of our family and friends. Even our experience of this “longing” will give witness to the value of the presence of our Lord, risen from the dead. It is by His Spirit that we are being maintained even in this temporary experience of exile. Let us continue to give witness to our Lord and Savior especially in our “Domus Ecclesia,” domestic experience of Church.