April 26, 2020
Third Sunday of Easter A
Fr. Ed Smith
Acts 2:14, 22-33; 1 Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35
One of the most relaxing and enjoyable things to do for many people is to take a walk. Unlike eing in a car, during a walk around the neighborhood we see gardens, homes, people, trees and the sky. It is a very different experience from driving a car from one place to another. A walk slows us down. We pay attention to the world around us. We appreciate the beauty of God’s creation. Now, think of Jesus taking a walk with His disciples whom He encounters on the road in this weekend’s Gospel. And walk they certainly do…all seven miles of it from Jerusalem to the city of Emmaus. And what do they talk about during this long walk? Well, consider what has recently happened: Jesus has risen from the dead, but these disciples do not recognize Him. So, He talks with them. At first, they respond with limited understanding. Then Jesus talks some more and explains the scriptures to them. They begin to understand, and finally, they recognize Him in the breaking of bread. Notice all the active verbs in this summation of St. Luke: walking, talking, explaining, recognizing. Like those disciples of old, we are also actively involved in our relationship with Jesus. He is there from the beginning, asking us to walk with Him, initiating a conversation, and waiting for us to respond, even with our limited abilities. He teaches us who He is, who we are, and why we are here as He walks on our journey of life with us. And He reveals Himself in the breaking of bread, the Eucharist: the center of our lives as a Catholic Christian community. We, like those early disciples, need to listen, respond, receive and proclaim what we have been given: Jesus, who reveals Himself in the breaking of the bread. Our Catholic religion, then, is a very active one, calling us to listen to Jesus, to love one another, to celebrate in faith, and to trust that, as our Responsorial Psalm today reminds us, the Lord “will show us the path to life” as we walk with Him every day.