READINGS:Â Â Â Acts 3: 13-15. 17-19Â Â /Â Â Psalm 4: 2. 4. 7-8. 9Â Â /Â Â 1 John 2: 1-5Â Â /Â Â Â Â LUKE 24: 35-48
HIS WORDâ€¦ PEACE BE WITH YOUâ€¦ THESE ARE THE WORDS THAT I SPOKE TO YOU WHILE I WAS WITH YOU, THAT EVERYTHING WRITTEN ABOUT ME IN THE LAW OF MOSES AND IN THE PROPHETS AND PSALMS MUST BE FULFILLEDâ€¦ YOU ARE WITNESSES OF THESE THINGSâ€¦
my wordsâ€¦We are now on the Third Sunday of Easter and we enter into the Third Week of Easter reflections on the â€œBread of Life Discourseâ€ of Jesus in the gospel of St. John, the whole of Chapter 6 which points to and speaks about the Holy Eucharist. But for today, our attentionsand reflections are brought to Jesusâ€™ continued apparitions to His disciples in the Gospel of Luke. But the context is the same: the Holy Eucharist. And this happenedto the two seemingly hopeless disciples on their â€œwalk way homeâ€ to Emmaus; but the Risen Lord â€œwalks with themâ€ discussing along the way the scriptures starting with Moses down to the Prophets explaining to them everything in scriptures about himselfâ€¦ (Lk 24:27). And at the end of their â€œwalkâ€, they were able to recognize that it was the Lord when He was breaking the bread with them (Lk 24:31); = a Eucharistic gesture and experience.
Brothers and Sisters, the disciplesâ€™ experiences with the Risen Christ are repeated by us every time we celebrate Mass. Everything written about Jesus in the OLD TESTAMENT: the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms are fulfilled in the GOSPEL: the life story of Jesus. This is the reason why in listening to the Gospel we stand from the sitting position of listening to the First and Second Readings and the Psalms; because the Gospel contains the very WORD of Jesus, and the life story of Jesus who fulfilled all promises in the Old Testament literature. That is why we say, the Old Testament is the regime of â€œpromisesâ€, while the New Testament is the regime of â€œfulfillmentâ€ in Jesus of Nazareth. The First Part of the Mass is the experience of the WORD with the homily that should keep our hearts â€œburningâ€; and the Second Part of the Mass is the experience of the â€œbreaking of the breadâ€ that should make our eyes open to the presence of the Risen Lord in us especially in Holy Communion.
In todayâ€™s gospel, Jesus, the Risen Lord, repeated and recapitulated what happened along the road to Emmaus when He said, â€œThese 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 the Psalms must be fulfilledâ€ (Lk 24:44). Then Jesus again opened their minds to understand the scriptures (Lk 24:45)â€¦ and consequently asked them to be â€œwitnesses of these thingsâ€ (Lk 24:48) beginning from Jerusalem through Samaria to all the nations of the world.
Brothers and Sisters, this is the effect of the Holy Mass in us; at the end of the Mass, the Priest is practically sending us off recalling the original Latin dismissal formula of the Mass, â€œIte Missa Estâ€ which literally means, â€œGo, you have been sentâ€ â€“ meaning, after the Mass,we too are called and sent to be missionaries of the WORD. This beautiful Latin formula can also be freely interpreted as â€œyou now go, your mission beginsâ€¦â€
LET US NOW GOâ€¦ AND PROCLAIM HIS WORDâ€¦ TO ALL THE WORLDâ€¦