By Father Paul
The two recounted what had taken place on the way
and how Jesus was made known to them in
the breaking of the 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.
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe that you
are present here and now as I turn to you
in prayer. I trust and have confidence in your
desire to give me every grace I need to
receive today. Thank you for your love, thank you for
your immense generosity toward me. I give you my
life and my love in return.
Petition: Lord, increase my faith in your presence in
the Eucharist and in my life.
1. Jesus Is Made Known in the Breaking of
the Bread: This passage follows Christ’s encounter with the
two disciples on the road to Emmaus. They returned to
Jerusalem and reported to the other disciples what they
had seen in the Breaking of the Bread –
the name the early Church gave to the Eucharist celebration.
Luke was not simply recording an apparition of the
Risen Lord, he was also teaching that this same
Lord is present in the Eucharist.
loves us, as he revealed so clearly on Calvary. He
wants to forgive us our sins and give us
eternal life. Not satisfied with the gift of himself
on Calvary, he desires to continue giving himself to us
and to remain with us always. The Eucharist is
a sign of his tremendous love. It is the
source and summit of our spiritual life. It is a
mystery that we need to meditate upon daily and
to experience as frequently as possible in our lives.
2. Peace I Give You: Jesus promised
his disciples peace: “Peace I give you” (John 14:27).
He would give them his peace – a peace not
of this world. If we are convinced of his
love, what have we to fear? If we are
convinced that he is with us, why be anxious about
anything? So he asks his disciples, “Why are you
troubled?” They were witnesses to his love on the cross
and the glory of his resurrection. They were witnesses
to his power and his goodness. If God is
for us, who can be against us? Are we troubled?
What weighs on our heart and mind? What robs
us of our sleep and peace? We need to give
it to Jesus. We need to remind ourselves of
his love and presence and his gift of peace.
As often as worries assail us, we need to go
to Jesus and meditate on these things.
3. You Are Witnesses: Jesus still needs witnesses today.
How many people don’t know him? How many people
don’t know of his love and are still burdened
by sin? We who have received the gift of faith
have an obligation to share it with others. The
world needs witnesses. The world needs to see lives
transformed by grace, coherent Catholics who live the faith they
profess. We also need to witness to the transforming
power of Christ in the Eucharist. Do I bring
my family and friends closer to Our Lord in the
Conversation with Christ: Lord,
I place my worries in your hands. Help me to
keep trusting in your providence. Be with me today
and help me to live what I believe. I know
you are with me, but I have a hard
time sharing my faith with others. Give me the courage
I need to speak of you and your love.
I know that they need you; give me the prudence
to know what to do and what to say.
Resolution: Today I will transmit
love for Christ in the Eucharist to someone who is
close to me.