30 AprAPRIL 30, 2017 – THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER (Cycle A)
HIS WORD… my words…
Fr. Julius C. Lupot
UST Graduate School
APRIL 30, 2017 – THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER (Cycle A)
READINGS: Acts of the Apostles 2: 14. 22-33 / Psalm 16: 1-2. 5. 7-8. 9-10. 11 / 1 Peter 1: 17-21 / LUKE 24: 13-35
HIS WORD…WHAT ARE YOU DISCUSSING AS YOU WALK ALONG? …WHAT SORT OF THINGS? …OH, HOW FOOLISH YOU ARE! HOW SLOW OF HEART TO BELIEVE ALL THAT THE PROPHETS SPOKE! WAS IT NOT NECESSARY THAT THE CHRIST SHOULD SUFFER THESE THINGS AND ENTER INTO HIS GLORY?
my words…Brothers and Sisters, we are now on the Third Sunday of Easter and we just heard and listened to the beautiful and typicalLucan gospel narrative entitled, “The Walk to Emmaus.” In this gospel story, we may ask, what prevented or hindered the eyes of the two disciples in recognizing it was the Lord who walks with them? What geographic reason or situation that impedes them to know Him? The Exegetical answer is: Emmaus is westward from the City of Jerusalem, and these two disciples were going home to the village in the late afternoon. And as they were walking westward of the city, the rays of the setting sun were on their eyes that prevented them in recognizing Him. And so the talking and the discussion with seeming foreigner went on for seven miles or eleven kilometers from Jerusalem…
According to some Biblical Scholars, the Walk to Emmaus presents a Eucharistic tone: the discussion of the Scriptures beginning with Moses and all the Prophets which made their hearts burning, is the first part of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Word (Table of the WORD); while the Breaking of the Bread while they were reclining at table plus the gestures of blessing, the giving thanks, and the giving it to them which made their eyes opened and made themto recognize that it wasthe Lord, is the second part of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Eucharist (Table of the BODY).
Brothers and Sisters, every time we celebrate Mass we walk and sit with Jesus, the Risen Lord. Walking is a very fertile way of sharing ideas and principles because we are activating our mind and body; and most philosophers and theologians are doing this in their lively exchange. So also in the Liturgy of the Word, the 1st part of the Mass, the readings and homilies activate our minds and hearts to lead us to act on them in our daily Christian living. Then when we are at table, we usually sit down when we eat and while sitting down we begin to recognize the presence of each one in the table fellowship. So also in the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the 2nd part of the Mass, we kneel at consecration to open our eyes of faith to recognize the holy presence of Jesus in the bread and the wine becoming His Body and Blood. And after receiving Him in Holy Communion, we sit down to internalize His holy presence in us and among us. And after the Mass, we have to rise and go to announce and proclaim in our daily life the beautiful messages of salvation. And this is the beauty of the journey of the Holy Eucharist as our own journey of life.
Brothers and Sisters, please do not miss Mass… otherwise, we will be missing our journey with Jesus in our day to day living. Let us always recognize Him in each one of us especially in the Mass. Let us recognize Him at our table fellowships at home. Let us recognize Him in all walks of life.
MAY PRESENCE OF THE RISEN LORD AT THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD BE A SOURCE OF STRENGTH IN OUR DAY TO DAY JOURNEY OF LIFE…