Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Acts 3:1-10; PS 105 Rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord; Luke 24:13-35

What does it mean to profess faith in the resurrection?  What does it mean to say "the Lord has truly been raised and appeared to Simon!"

It means the power of God is not bound by the limits and the laws of nature.  God's power is truly a power that liberates.  The resurrection begins a new reality of God's presence in our midst that is beyond our senses.  Jesus is different.  He no longer belongs to the world of the senses that is he is no longer contained or limited by the senses.

He is accessible in a new and deeper way.  This is why he is made known in the breaking of the bread.

Faith in the resurrection is a profession of the real existence of God and the real existence of God is made present in the breaking of the bread, the Eucharist.

We have access to the presence of the resurrected JEsus in the Eucharist we celebrate.  This is how god has chosen to stay with us

"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 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?"

The experience of the breaking of the bread, the Eucharist, becomes a lens by which they look back an begin to understand the real presence of God, Jesus who accompanies them.

In the Eucharist Jesus is with us to accompany us.  Just as the Lord appeared to Simon he also appears to us every time we celebrate the breaking of the bread.

A few words from Blessed Pope John XXIII

"The older I get the more I realize the value of simplicity in thought, word, and speech…simply all that is complex.  As much as possible, reduce it to its original clarity without getting distracted by details."

The Eucharist is the original clarity of Jesus fulfilling his last promise to be with us always...

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