April 15, 2020

Lk 24: 13-35

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 

And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” He asked them, “What things?” 

They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 

Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 

Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. 

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 

They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Seeing Christ in front of our eyes

“With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him…”

What does it mean “to see”?  The women in today’s Gospel see a vision of angels who announced the Resurrection. Only after some time together do the disciples realize that the risen Lord was among them!  We can see but not be aware. We can hear but not listen. We can be physically present, but not present. A student interrupts me mid-work or mid-conversation at school. One of my sons wants to talk mid-grading. What is my response?  I expect my students to disengage from whatever is distracting them in class. I seek out quality time with loved ones – being with each other, listening, learning, enjoying. Do I “see”? Do I “hear”? Am I “present”? God calls for us to be fully present with each other and with him.  Without presence, we cannot deepen our relationships and be transformed. Without presence, we might miss Christ right in front of our eyes.

—Mariette P. Baxendale, Ph.D., is the Science Department chair, member of the Ignatian Charism Committee and Active Proponent of Mission and Identity in the Classroom at De Smet Jesuit High School, St. Louis.

Prayer

Dear Lord,

Thank you for revealing yourself to us, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.  Guide me to view interruptions as invitations to be fully present and relish in your presence.  Quiet me so that I may open my eyes to see you and receive you in all things – in the Eucharist, in creation, in the people I encounter, in the nudgings of everyday.  May my looking for you and listening for your voice lead me to be transformed and respond as you will.  

Amen

—Mariette P. Baxendale


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April 15, 2020

Lk 24: 13-35

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 

And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” He asked them, “What things?” 

They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 

Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 

Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. 

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 

They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Seeing Christ in front of our eyes

“With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him…”

What does it mean “to see”?  The women in today’s Gospel see a vision of angels who announced the Resurrection. Only after some time together do the disciples realize that the risen Lord was among them!  We can see but not be aware. We can hear but not listen. We can be physically present, but not present. A student interrupts me mid-work or mid-conversation at school. One of my sons wants to talk mid-grading. What is my response?  I expect my students to disengage from whatever is distracting them in class. I seek out quality time with loved ones – being with each other, listening, learning, enjoying. Do I “see”? Do I “hear”? Am I “present”? God calls for us to be fully present with each other and with him.  Without presence, we cannot deepen our relationships and be transformed. Without presence, we might miss Christ right in front of our eyes.

—Mariette P. Baxendale, Ph.D., is the Science Department chair, member of the Ignatian Charism Committee and Active Proponent of Mission and Identity in the Classroom at De Smet Jesuit High School, St. Louis.

Prayer

Dear Lord,

Thank you for revealing yourself to us, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.  Guide me to view interruptions as invitations to be fully present and relish in your presence.  Quiet me so that I may open my eyes to see you and receive you in all things – in the Eucharist, in creation, in the people I encounter, in the nudgings of everyday.  May my looking for you and listening for your voice lead me to be transformed and respond as you will.  

Amen

—Mariette P. Baxendale


Please share the Good Word with your friends!