ACTS 3: 1-10; PS 105: 1-4, 6-9; LK 24: 13-45
April 15, 2020
In the breaking of the bread
Luke takes us on the road to Emmaus.
Jesus joins two dejected, disillusioned men walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus, but “…their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.” He asks them what they have been discussing on the way. They tell him that they had come to believe that Jesus the Nazorean was the Messiah, the one to redeem Israel; but their leaders had him arrested and crucified and he was buried. Their hopes were dashed. Jesus then recounts to them from the Scriptures all that pertained to the Messiah from the time of Moses. They still do not recognize Him but will later remember: “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Because it was growing late they invite Jesus to stay with them. At dinner, He “… took bread, said the blessing, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him…”
How often have we been blessed to “see” and “recognize” Jesus in so many ways, especially joining our sisters and brothers in celebrating the Eucharist? Now, in this terrible time of COVID-19 we suffer a deep sense of loss of Eucharist in the bread and the cup and the loss of local and larger community.
May we each somehow find our way in prayer to bond with one another and with all God’s people in faith and hope and trust.
May God let us realize that we are all His children and included in His lavish love.
May this virus disaster somehow bring us to a deeper commitment to do what each of us can do and to pray with Jesus “… that they may all be one…” John 17:20
May we soon come together in the breaking of the bread.
Dan Carney, Passionist Associate