Reflections - April 10, 2016

“And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him.”  Lk. 24:30-31.
 
The story of the disciples at Emmaus is sometimes our own story.  As a friend says, “the adversities arrive as a fly that drops on us without expecting it” and then, of course, when the adversities arrive many “go on their way”.  There are very few people who remain faithful and stay with the one suffering misfortune.  That is the moment that friendship is valued.
 
Something similar is presented to us in the Gospel about the disciples at Emmaus.  They had left the Community after the murder of Jesus because of the scandals, the denials, and the betrayals.  Their faith had cooled.  As it seems the disciples “walked quickly” and had arrived at 11 kilometers from Jerusalem.  However, on the same day of the Resurrection, Jesus did not forget His two disciples.  They felt disappointed by what they had seen and heard.  They had forgotten Christ’s words about His suffering in order to enter into the glory of the Father.  Yet the Lord does not forget His children and appeals to the Blessed Word of God and the breaking of the Bread of Life.
 
The lesson that we can draw from this day from the disciples for our spiritual life is that after the Lord explained Scripture to them their “hearts were burning” and upon the breaking of the bread their “eyes were opened and they recognized him” resuscitated.  Now all had changed and the fundamental lesson that the disciples gave us is that “they returned to Jerusalem” where they joined together with the eleven, and with Peter, the head of the Church.  In a word, they returned to the Community.
 
The questions that we should ask ourselves today are: 
Do problems, crises, and diseases unite us more to Christ and to the Community of the Church?
 
Upon hearing the Word, does my heart burn to love Christ more and to serve Him?
 
Does the Bread of Communion open my eyes to discover the Lord in those that suffer loneliness and neglect?
 
Do I help those who are far from the Lord to come closer to the Church with my testimony of life?