Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, Resurrection, scripture by Mike on April 24, 2014

3807df4f49a22ac18807da21c0102720_w600Gospel 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: This gospel is in part about presence: our presence with the Lord and through the Lord to one another. In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus says that wherever two or more are gathered in his name, there he is in their midst. Consistent with this promise, the disciples of Emmaus and the other disciples are gathered together discussing the Lord and the events that have transpired from daybreak on that first day of resurrection, and Jesus suddenly appears in their midst. Now that Jesus is resurrected he transcends every temporal and spacial limitation; through his resurrection, he is present to everyone who gathers in his name, and he gathers all believers into company not only with himself but with one another. In a very real sense, then, when we gather together with one another to recall Jesus, we are through the Risen One’s presence, present not just to the disciples in the Upper Room but to every other Christian who has lived, is living, or will ever live. You and I are right now standing there with each other in that Upper Room as disciples of the Lord.

Spiritual reading: It is of the very essence of Christianity to face suffering and death not because they are good, not because they have meaning, but because the resurrection of Jesus has robbed them of their meaning. (Thomas Merton)


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