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Third Sunday of Easter

May 4, 2014

SUFFERING IS THE GREATEST OF TEACHERS

Our Gospel today recounts the Road to Emmaus. This story which has captured the imagination of so many seems to have a rather inexhaustible quality to it.

It is interesting that no one really knows where Emmaus was. Some scholars believe it might have been a Roman Garrison town, but what we do know is that these two men were going AWAY from Jerusalem.

In other words they were going the wrong way! Everything in the scripture points towards Jerusalem – THERE will be the light to the nations; THERE will be the city set on a hill; THERE will be cross; THERE is where the path of God leads.

And these men were walking away from it all. And isn’t comforting to know that Jesus is still there – even though they are walking the wrong way? No, they couldn’t see him – they were, after all, on the wrong path, but he was there.

And just as Jesus was made known to them, so will Jesus be made known to us in the sharing of scripture and the breaking of this Eucharistic bread.

CLICK HERE for the readings for Third Sunday of Easter (Acts 2:14, 22-23; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35).

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