Posted by: frburke23 | April 3, 2013

Thought for Thursday of Easter Week

The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way,
and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread.

While they were still speaking about this,
he stood in their midst and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
But they were startled and terrified
and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled?
And why do questions arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones
as you can see I have.”
And as he said this,
he showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
They gave him a piece of baked fish;
he took it and ate it in front of them.

He said to them,
“These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,
that everything written about me in the law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And he said to them,
“Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.”


Please pray for all of the women who will be attending the 2nd Spanish Cursillo in the Diocese of Joliet starting today, April 4 and ending April 7.  What a great time to be on retreat as we continue to soak in the graces of Easter!

Today’s reading begins right after the story of Jesus meeting the disciples on the road to Emmaus.  They recognize Him in the breaking of the bread and their hearts were burning as He explained the Scriptures to them.  So they returned to the other disciples full of joy to share what they had experienced.  While they were speaking about Jesus’ appearance to them, Jesus once again appears in their midst and says, “Peace be with you.”

Amazingly they were surprised again.  Even though a few people had already seen Jesus alive and well, they were “startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost.”  It is hard to say how we would have reacted too in that situation.  It was just so difficult for them to grasp the fact that Jesus was truly alive.  Jesus must have been thinking, “What do I have to do to make you believe?”  He asks them, “Why are you troubled?  And why do questions arise in your hearts?”

So Jesus goes about proving to them that He has risen from the dead, body and soul.  He shows them His hands, His feet and He asks for something to eat.  This is something that is in our creed – “We believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.”  This is very hard for us to imagine what that is like, but Jesus’ resurrection in the body is our basis for this teaching.  For more information, read the Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs #992-1004.

Jesus eats some fish and then begins to explain the Scriptures.  He reminds them of His teachings and how He was the fulfillment of all the Old Testament prophesies.  He suffered, died and rose on the third day for the forgiveness of sins.  This message was to be preached in Jerusalem and then to all nations. 

That is our commission fellow Christians.  We are to be the ones to share this Good News in our own environments – family, friends, work, school, etc.  This can be done in simple ways – sharing these reflections with someone, sharing a good book, speaking about the Lord to others, sharing a good CD or DVD, etc.  There are many ways to share the Gospel. 

Has my heart burned within me as I read the Scriptures?

Have I experienced the joy of the Risen Lord in my heart?

Am I convinced of this truth of our faith – Jesus suffered, died and rose on the third day?

Do I share this joy with others?

Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke


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