APRIL 4. EASTER SUNDAY. "HE IS RISEN!" . LK. 24. 13-35
Two of the disciples of Jesus were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking together about all that had happened. Now as they talked this over, Jesus himself came up and walked by their side; but something prevented them from recognising him. He said to them, ‘What matters are you discussing as you walk along?’ They stopped short, their faces downcast.
Then one of them, called Cleopas, answered him, ‘You must be the only person staying in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have been happening there these last few days.’ ‘What things?’ he asked. ‘All about Jesus of Nazareth’ they answered ‘who proved he was a great prophet by the things he said and did in the sight of God and of the whole people; and how our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and had him crucified. Our own hope had been that he would be the one to set Israel free. And this is not all: two whole days have gone by since it all happened; and some women from our group have astounded us: they went to the tomb in the early morning, and when they did not find the body, they came back to tell us they had seen a vision of angels who declared he was alive. Some of our friends went to the tomb and found everything exactly as the women had reported, but of him they saw nothing.’
Then he said to them, ‘You foolish men! So slow to believe the full message of the prophets! Was it not ordained that the Christ should suffer and so enter into his glory?’ Then, starting with Moses and going through all the prophets, he explained to them the passages throughout the scriptures that were about himself.
When they drew near to the village to which they were going, he made as if to go on; but they pressed him to stay with them. ‘It is nearly evening’ they said ‘and the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them. Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognised him; but he had vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?’
They set out that instant and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven assembled together with their companions, who said to them, ‘Yes, it is true. The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’ Then they told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread.
We need to reflect on what preceded today’s Resurrection, the most important day in the Christian Calendar, where, because of the sins of mankind, God the Father sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, to become one of us, and to live with us for thirty-three years, in order to Teach us how God wants us to live; - and; - to Redeem us by making Divine Reparation for our sins.
Why did he do this? Because he Loves us, and desires to show Mercy to us, despite our sins!
By his death on a Cross Christ opened Heaven for us after it had been closed due to the sins of mankind; - an act not brought about by God; - but rather by his creatures when we chose to follow our own desires; - rather than obey God; - something we continue to do to this day?
But now; - due to Christ’s death and Resurrection; -Heaven is open again and we have been taught how to defeat sin! We are invited to have an intimate relationship with God and provided the aids we need such as Prayer, the Gospels, the Church, the Sacraments and Mary our Mother