Today’s Gospel at Mass recounts the story of Jesus meeting the two disciples on the way to EMMAUS.
He meets them along the road, and they are talking with each other about what had happened to Jesus. They were sad and confused. Something prevented them from recognising Him.
They tell him how they feel and then he explains the scriptures to them on the areas that were about Himself.
When they arrived at Emmaus, Jesus made as if to go on. They invited Him in. When they were at table Jesus took the bread, said the blessing and gave it to them. It was then that they recognised Him!
Their eyes were opened but he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked and explained the scriptures along the way?”
Then they went the seven miles back to Jerusalem to let the Apostles know that they had met Jesus. The Apostles then told them that Jesus had appeared to Simon Peter.
This is one of the accounts of Jesus spending time with the Christian Community after the resurrection. It is also an account of what we do at mass:
a) We come as we are, with all the stuff of life – our joys and sorrows, our fears, our doubts, etc.
b) We hear the scriptures and they are opened up for us in the Homily as we listen with an open heart.
c) We break bread and meet Jesus in the Eucharist.
d) Energised by the experience, we are sent out to share the good news with all.
Of course Mass is not meant to be an isolated event that only matters during the celebration. It is about living the Mass in everyday life:
1. Jesus is with us in all the circumstances of life.
2. The scriptures are central and nourishing to our faith. When we pray the scriptures, we are nourished, fed by the word of God, giving us direction in our everyday living.
3. Jesus gives himself in the Eucharist because he is our nourishment, our energy, our strength giver in all aspects of our lives. The sacrament of the Eucharist takes us into a real encounter with Jesus giving himself to us and offering himself to us out of love.
4. By what we say and do, by all of our behaviour, we have vocation to announce that Jesus is alive and wants to nourish and give eternal life to all.
The Mass is something we live all the time, every day!
God Bless you today.
+Bishop Charles Gauci
Bishop of Darwin