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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Wednesday in the Octave of Easter

Gospel text (Lk 24,13-35): Two disciples of Jesus were going to Emmaus, a village seven miles from Jerusalem, and they talked about what had happened. While they were talking and wondering, Jesus came up and walked with them, but their eyes were held and they did not recognize him (…).

As they drew near the village they were heading for, Jesus made as if to go farther. But they prevailed upon him, «Stay with us, for night comes quickly. The day is now almost over». So he went in to stay with them. When they were at table, he took the bread, said a blessing, broke it and gave each a piece.

Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; but He vanished out of their sight (…). They immediately set out and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and their companions gathered together. They were greeted by these words: «Yes, it is true, the Lord is risen! He has appeared to Simon!». Then the two told what had happened on the road and how Jesus made himself known when he broke bread with them.

With the Resurrection of Jesus Scripture has been revealed in a new way

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, starting with the unexpected, Scripture has been revealed in a new way. Obviously, the new understanding of the Scriptures could only begin after the resurrection, as only through it was Jesus recognized as sent by God. Now both events – cross and resurrection – must be identified in the Scripture, understood in a new way and thus bring to the faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God.

For the disciples, resurrection was as real as the cross. They just surrendered before reality: after so much initial hesitation and wonder, they couldn’t oppose it anymore. It’s He indeed; He is alive and has talked to us, He has allowed us to touch Him, even when He doesn’t belong any longer to the usually touchable world.

-The paradox was beyond description; He was completely different, not a corpse returned to life, but someone who lived in God in a different way and forever; and, at the same time, without belonging any longer to our world, He was present in a real way, in His full identity.

The Eucharist, Christian food

+ Fr. Antoni ORIOL i Tataret (Vic, Barcelona, Spain)

Today, the disciples do not walk out separate, each in its own, but all together. And they do not talk about foreign matters, but about what has happened: the passion and death of Jesus Christ. The fellowship communion becomes and changes into a communion of remembrance that will culminate in a communion of hospitality, of “brotherhood” and, finally, of interpersonal collection.

The amazing part is that the “fellow traveler Jesus” and the “table mate Jesus” is not captured in its essential truth until He comes to an end in “Jesus, in the Eucharist”, that is, until we recognize Him —let us eat now!— when He “splits the bread”.

—Lord Jesus, you that carry on and will keep on making in your Church the motion of “splitting the bread” until the end of time, grant us the grace of eating you “to be in you” and “to be in you” to eat you, while at the same time “becoming” true brothers in the communion of love. Amen!