Sunday 4th May – 3rd Sunday of Easter
Reflection: Luke 24:13-35
THE ROAD OF HOPELESSNESS
The two disciples were merely going home to return to their work, after their hopes have been dashed. They were pilgrims who followed Jesus, thinking that he would redeem Israel. In the end, Jesus has been killed and all seemed lost. At this moment, Jesus became present and taking them through the Scriptures, he explained to them all that was written about himself. At the breaking of the bread their eyes were opened and they recognized him.
Often times, we believers also complain and become impatient. Yet Jesus does not leave us alone. He has not risen in order to sit in heaven; he is ahead of humanity on pilgrimage. At the same time he walks with us, and when our hopes are dashed, it is the moment when he makes us discover the meaning of Resurrection; the victory he has won on our behalf.
Through the Words of Scripture and the breaking of bread, Jesus renewed the crushed hope of his disciples. At Mass, the church gives us the interpretation of the Scripture and then celebrates the Eucharist. Thus, the Mass is a means of daily renewal for us.
Dear friends, on our own journey with Christ, times will come or perhaps they are now, when all may seem lost, our hopes may be crushed and the road may become rough. At such moments, we must look deeper into our Christian faith and realize that there is no Crown without a Cross and in all Christ is with us.
Prayer: Lord, do not allow those who put their hope and trust in you to be put to shame. Amen
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 993
Faith in the resurrection rests on faith in God who “is not God of the dead, but of the Living.”
HIDE A TREASURE: “Then Yahweh answered me and said, write down the vision, inscribe it on tables so that it can be easily read, since this is a vision for an appointed time; it will not fail but be fulfilled in due time. If it delays, wait for it, for it will come and will not be deferred .” Habakkuk 2:2-3 CCB
Readings for today: Acts 2:14, 22-33, Psalm 16:1-2, 5-11, 1 Peter1: 17-21, Luke 24: 13-35