The Gospel reading on Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Easter, is the sequel to the reading of the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus, and their encounter with the risen Lord.
The disciples told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread.
They were still talking about all this when he himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you!’ In a state of alarm and fright, they thought they were seeing a ghost. But he said, ‘Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts? Look at my hands and feet; yes, it is I indeed. Touch me and see for yourselves; a ghost has no flesh and bones as you can see I have.’ And as he said this he showed them his hands and feet. Their joy was so great that they still could not believe it, and they stood there dumbfounded; so he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ And they offered him a piece of grilled fish, which he took and ate before their eyes.
Then he told them, ‘This is what I meant when I said, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets and in the Psalms has to be fulfilled.’ He then opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘So you see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this.
Two remarkable things about this account. The first is the eagerness of the disciples to share the good news with others – or at least among themselves, in this case. The second is how despite knowing him risen the disciples find themselves paralysed and incapable.
- When did you last bear witness to the mystery of the Lord’s Resurrection?
- What causes you to pause and stumble in your life as a Christian?
Bring the fruit of your reflection in prayer to the Lord
Image of Emmaus from St Trophime, Arles. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.