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Sunday's gospel

Third Sunday of Resurrection’s time

Luc 24: 13-35

On the Road to Emmaus

13 Now that same day two of them was going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 

14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 

15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 

16 But they were kept from recognizing him. 

17 He asked them, "What are you discussing together as you walk along?" They stood still, their faces downcast.

18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, "Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?" 

19 "What things?" he asked."About Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 

20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 

21 But we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 

22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning

23 But didn't find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 

24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see." 

25 He said to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 

26 Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?" 

27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. 

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. 

29 But they urged him strongly, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them. 

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 

31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 

32 They asked each other "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?" 

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 

34 And saying, "It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon."

35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.


Meditation: 

The story of the two disciples of Emmaus


There is no doubt that the meeting between Jesus and the disciples of Emmaus deserves to be a spiritual lesson for each believer. It has many significations more and more magnificent which are linked to the life of each one of us and reveal the redemptive work of God towards us. Let us then meditate about some of its points. 


2- The surprises of God and the return: 

In their quick walk far away from the land of expectations, Hope appeared but they did not recognize it. The son of God appeared and walked with them. They would be expecting many things but they did not expect that God accompany them. After revealing to Him all their concerns, after He explained to them the Scriptures, after welcoming Him in their house and after celebrating with them the Eucharist, they recognized Him and realized that Truth is but in Him and in all what He did and taught. 

It is the right attitude of the real believer. Despite all his confusion and his deception for a while, he realizes that God is with him, He accompanies him in his life, He gives him more than he expects and He joins him in Church and its sacraments. Then, the believer gets back all his hopes. He remembers the words of Jesus to the two disciples of Emmaus which consist of the presence of the cross in the salvation’s plan of God. It was predicted that Jesus suffers. The believer understands then that the cross is a truth which can not be ignored and which will remain a place where the man suffers. However, he knows so far that the cross itself is mixed with resurrection and that God has cancelled the effects of the painful suffering and that He turned the cross, through pain, into a means towards life.

3- The Scriptures and the Eucharist:

If we figure out the behavior of the two disciples of Emmaus after what happened to them on the road, we can see them hurrying up after they saw the apostles in order to skim through the Scriptures and to apply themselves to the Eucharist. They are aware that their happiness resides there because they meet Jesus, the mate of way. The story of Emmaus leads us towards the place where we can meet the Lord and make a good knowledge of him: in the Scriptures, in Church and in the sacraments. 

Conclusion:

Let us ask God to keep our heart burnt within us and let us always go back to the Scriptures, to Church and to its sacraments. That is the most important. If we feel depressed sometimes, let us remember that the cross is a part of the salvation’s plan of God and that He is always with us during our daily life. We all know that the daily life of man, as simple as it is, goes on with the One resurrected, from the sacraments side, with all what may occur from surprises, confusions and unexpected events. It is at this moment that Jesus, mate of the way, appears and abounds in explanations through which He wishes to provide us salvation and life. Then we find out that our hopes are stable and that He keeps His promises and He gives us His charity with no limits. We thank you, two disciples of Emmaus for all what you’ve taught us. We thank you Jesus in particular for going with them and still going with us.