April 20, 2017
Thursday in the Octave of Easter
Lk 24: 35-48
The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way,
and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread.
While they were still speaking about this,
he stood in their midst and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
But they were startled and terrified
and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled?
And why do questions arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones
as you can see I have.”
And as he said this,
he showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
They gave him a piece of baked fish;
he took it and ate it in front of them.
He said to them,
“These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,
that everything written about me in the law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And he said to them,
“Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.”
Reflection (Sem. Miguel Josemaria C. Valeroso)
Then He opened their mind to understand the Scriptures. (Mt 24:45)
Open-minded kaba? Coupled with an invitation to have coffee, we associate this question to someone who is into network selling. They are known to be convinced of what they are selling and are really passionate at it too. We can learn a thing or two from them particularly on how we show our commitment to living out the Good News.
Sometimes when we think of the Gospel, we think of it as a segment at Mass, or a book that serves as a dust-receptacle on the altar at our home. It was not like so for the early Christians and for some families now. The Gospel of our Lord motivates, persuades and propels those who hear or witness it to radically change their lives in the little everyday things of the day. Those who Jesus cured of bodily and spiritual ailments experienced a turning point in their lives. The same was experienced by those who were following Him or who were just there as Jesus happened to perform a miracle, to teach, to eat, to walk, to laugh, to weep, or even to sleep. They were all invited or challenged to live their lives according to the life of Jesus, the Good News.
Even today, we have heard and seen a friend or a relative or even a stranger who lives according to the Gospel. No mind can be closed to the invitation or challenge of the Good News. Will I ignore this person who I know is in need? Will I waste time or money? Will I pray before eating? Will I make sure I go to Mass this Sunday? Whoever we are, our answers depend on how open-minded and passionate we are in living up to the Gospel.