The Gospel Today
Wednesday in the Octave of Easter
That very day, the first day of the week,
two of Jesus’ disciples were going
to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them,
“What are you discussing as you walk along?”
They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
“Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
who does not know of the things
that have taken place there in these days?”
And he replied to them, “What sort of things?”
They said to him,
“The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people,
how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
to a sentence of death and crucified him.
But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;
and besides all this,
it is now the third day since this took place.
Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
they were at the tomb early in the morning
and did not find his Body;
they came back and reported
that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
who announced that he was alive.
Then some of those with us went to the tomb
and found things just as the women had described,
but him they did not see.”
And he said to them, “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?”
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them what referred to him
in all the Scriptures.
As they approached the village to which they were going,
he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
But they urged him, “Stay with us,
for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
So he went in to stay with them.
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,
but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other,
“Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
where they found gathered together
the Eleven and those with them who were saying,
“The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”
Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way
and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Reflection (Sem. Jeffrey Danan)
Jesus is a very consoling God. He walks with us in our daily journey especially at the lowest moments of our life.Just like the disciple in today’s Gospel.
I experienced the road to Emmaus. To me it was the road of discouragement and despair.It took me so long to finally heed the call to priesthood. At a young age,I was highly discouraged by my family to enter the seminary. I kept that experience in my heart and I almost believed that it was impossible for me to become a priest. After a few years, I thought I had already fulfilled in my life, but still, there was this feeling of emptiness and restlessness.
I finally decided to heed His invitation to a seminary life. I have realized that I was co-journeying with God. He was present on my road of disappointment and despair. He was my faithful companion in times of doubt, discouragement, and defeat. He would never forsake me.
The Gospel tells us that Jesus brings strength to those who set themselves on journeys. Jesus is never absent in my life. He walks with me even, and especially, at my lowest and darkest moments. There will be moments when I will walk the same road like that of Emmaus. But I will never be afraid for I know that I will never be alone. Jesus, the risen Lord, is my companion in my journey.