3rd Sunday of Easter

St. Pius X | News
28 Apr 2017

One of the church’s earliest memories is the story of the two disciples who fled from Jerusalem after the crucifixion. With the death of Jesus their whole world had collapsed and an end was put to their dreams for the future. Struggling to make sense of their disappointment, they felt that there was nothing else to do but leave the other apostles and depart from the place where their hopes were severely shattered. The story of Jesus and the disciples on the road to Emmaus points the finger at us and sheds light on our own situation in times of trial. How many times have we walked the road to Emmaus with downcast face occasioned by quarrels in the home, difficulties at work, the death of a loved one or the loneliness of being rejected? The troubles and worries of life can so crowd our minds that we lose our sense of direction and are brought to the point of despair. All the time we forget that Jesus is walking with us, at our side ready and anxious to help us if only we would turn to him for guidance. This is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of recognizing the Lord’s presence in our lives. We encounter the Lord amidst the ordinariness of human life, in the relationships we establish as we work and share together. While we bring to our Eucharistic celebrations the joys and sorrows of the week that has gone by, Christ speaks to us, as he spoke to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. As we share in the breaking of Bread at each Mass, we can pray to have our eyes opened so that we can see beyond the sufferings of human beings, to the joy that is all around us and ahead of us in the coming week.