Gospel Reflections

3rd Sunday of Easter

Luke 24:13-35

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Marilyn Pechillo

Published: April 30, 2017

Read Luke 24:13-35

That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and... Read More…


Meeting Jesus on the way

Today’s gospel brings joy to the heart. Just when things looked most bleak and hopeless, two disciples encountered Jesus. The encounter seems quite ordinary. Two people are walking to Emmaus when a third person joins them. The first two are saddened by events of which the third person apparently knows nothing. Thank God these three travelers entered into conversation. The sorrowful disciples may have wanted to hold onto their sadness, and the stranger might have kept to himself. The first two, however, reach out and share their story with the stranger. The stranger, as we know, is Jesus, who shares the good news of His resurrection, who evangelizes by opening the scriptures to His companions.

Welcoming the stranger, even or especially when it is inconvenient, enriches those who reach out. Sharing our story with one another, listening to the heart message of the other enriches our life journey. We encounter Jesus as we share our joys and sorrows with each other.

The journey might have ended at the inn door, but the first two reached out in hospitality, urging Jesus to stay with them. In this outreach and invitation, the three experienced Eucharist. Three separate people became one as they sat together to share a meal. The stranger accepted hospitality and repaid it by revealing Himself in the breaking of the bread. Jesus then disappeared from sight, but He was very much with them as they went out to share the good news. They realized the gift they had been given as they reflected on their feelings during the journey.  “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?”

May we always welcome the stranger, enter into real conversation and recognize Jesus in our ordinary encounters.  May we find what causes our hearts to burn within us and share that joy with each other.

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