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Association of the Miraculous Medal
Gospel Reflections for April 30

Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

April 30, 2017 —Third Sunday of Easter

Luke 24: 13-35
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

Today’s Gospel takes us back to Easter Sunday evening. Two of Jesus’ disciples were walking to Emmaus, a village about seven miles from Jerusalem, when Jesus appeared to them. Showing a great sense of humor, he disguised himself so that they couldn’t recognize him, and inquired about what they were discussing. One of them, Cleopas, responded: “Are you the only person who doesn’t know what has happened in Jerusalem?” Jesus, the very one to whom all these things had happened, asked, “What things?” They told him about the crucifixion, and rumors of the empty tomb, rumors in which they placed little confidence.

Jesus proceeded to describe the prophecies of Scripture that had foretold his sufferings, death, and Resurrection. Then, once again showing a great sense of humor, he pretended to continue on. But, entranced by this stranger, they begged him to stay. He did, and ... “When he was at table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight” (Luke 24:30-31). In their excitement, they rushed back to Jerusalem to tell the apostles what had happened on the road, and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of the bread (Luke 24:35).

This was the first Mass celebrated after the Resurrection (Catechism, 1347). Christ’s explaining the Scripture and breaking the Bread were the two main divisions of the Mass: the Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist. That walk with Jesus was a life-changing experience for the two disciples.

I’d like to invite you to another walk that can be a life-changing experience. Next Sunday afternoon (at 3:30 CT), we have our annual May Procession to honor our Lady (for information go to: www.amm.org). Mary is Mother of the Eucharist, and as we walk from Mary’s shrine to her grotto, she will bring us closer to Jesus. She will help us see him more clearly at every Mass in Scripture and in the breaking of the Bread.

 

 

 
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