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Easter Octave: Wednesday,  Wednesday, 19th April,2017  (Lk 24:13-14,15-17,19b-20,22a, 23b,25-27)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Slow to Believe: In today’s Gospel, Jesus told the two disciples on their way to Emmaus, “You foolish men!  You are so slow to believe . . .”  Ponder on your life experiences and ask yourself, “Are you also slow in believing in Jesus?”  When you face challenges and pain, “Do you trust God more or would you become downcast like the disciples?” 


Fr Philip Heng, S.J


Two of the disciples of Jesus were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking together about all that had happened. Jesus himself came up and walked by their side; but their eyes were prevented from recognising him. He said to them, ‘What are all these things that you are discussing as you walk along?’ They stopped, their faces downcast. 

They answered, All about Jesus of Nazareth, who showed himself a prophet powerful in action and speech before God and the whole people; and how our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and had him crucified. Some women from our group have astounded us: they went to the tomb in the early morning, and came back to tell us they had seen a vision of angels who declared he was alive. 

Then he said to them, ‘You foolish men! So slow to believe all that the prophets have said! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer before entering into his glory?’ Then, starting with Moses and going through all the prophets, he explained to them the passages throughout the scriptures that were about himself.’


TODAY'S POINTERS ON GOD'S WORD
As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • The two disciples on the way to Emmaus were reflecting on the events of the life and death of Jesus.  They were trying to make sense of the confusion that they had.

  • In the process, the Risen Christ came along to explain what they were trying to comprehend, and shed light on their confusion.

  • We too do not understand all the events in our life.  If we search hard and sincerely enough through opening our hearts to the Holy Spirit’s promptings and guidance, God will be there for us and we will never be lost.