Carry the gospel with you

Posted in Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on April 26, 2009

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 24:35-48

The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way, and how Jesus was made known to them 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.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: In the gospel reading from the third Sunday of Easter, we have Luke’s account of Easter night. The two disciples who met Jesus on the road of Emmaus have returned to Jerusalem to share their experience. Suddenly, as those disciples narrate their account, Jesus himself appears in their midst. He wishes them peace, but they are unsettled, because like anyone in their day would have interpreted the experience, they believe they are seeing a ghost. But Jesus quickly reassures them that he is no ghost but flesh, bones, and sinews. When Jesus offers the peace to his followers, the Greek narrative omits a verb. In fact, we can interpret the account in one of two ways: Jesus may be offering a wish that his disciples experience peace, or he may be making a statement about who it is that he is. Indeed, the disciples after their initial fear of a ghost come to feel joy and amazement in the presence of the Lord. Just as Jesus did with the disciples on the road to Emmaus, he explains to the apostles what the scriptures had revealed about why nothing that had occurred was a surprise: the scriptures foretold that his death and resurrection would take place for the reconciliation of God and humanity. The disciples in Jerusalem, as witnesses of these things, were charged with a ministry to tell all nations what they had seen and heard. We then, as the children begotten in spirit by the word they heard that Easter night and preached to the world, also are charged to teach the nations, beginning in our own local communities, what it is that we know through the eyes of faith.

Spiritual reading: God is not only a Father of all good things, as being their First Cause and Creator, but He is also their Mother, since He remains with the creatures which have from Him their being and existence, and maintains them continually in their being. (Meister Eckhart)

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