APRIL 26, 2020 THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
FOCUS: The Gospel tells us today, 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. Immediately, the despair of the two disciples turned to joy; their despondency turned to elation and they rushed back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples of their encounter with the risen Lord.
It is likely we can identify with these two disciples who were on the road to Emmaus. We have all experienced times of despair and disappointment. We’ve had dreams dashed and felt overwhelming losses. Perhaps these times have weakened our faith or left us questioning God’s plan for us.
Just like the two we hear about today, we need something to bring us out of our gloom at times. We need our outlook lifted and our faith reignited. We need God.
This is what brings us here. We need God, and the Mass gives us what we need. It is not unlike our own “Road to Emmaus.” We enter the doors needing to be fed. In the Liturgy of the Word, God speaks to us. The Scriptures feed us, teaching us God’s ways and his plan for us. We are nourished again in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Today’s Gospel tells us, He was made known to them in the breaking of the bread. This is repeated at every Mass. It is the perfect sacrifice, the perfect meal, the perfect nourishment for our souls. If we open ourselves to all that it offers, we, too, can feel the complete joy that energized Christ’s disciples to rush out and share the Good News with others.