3rd Eastern Sunday (Note & Bulletin)

During a wedding, I often end the homily by reminding the couple, and family and friends that in today’s world we can often feel that it is difficult to see and experience God. We may think of states of loneliness and isolation, marginalization or injustice, or places of war and violence. But in my homily I say “that in this Church, at this time we can say something that sounds so strange: ‘We can see God!’” And we can see God because we can see the love that the couple have for each other.

In a similar way for the two disciples on the way to Emmaus it was the encounter with God’s love in the risen Lord that freed them to see. During their conversation the Risen Lord spoke to them of what Scripture said of himself. After the disciples told Jesus what had happened in Jerusalem the Gospel says that they looked sad. The Risen Lord however said, “O how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the Prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and then enter into his glory? Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the Scriptures.” As a consequence, the disciples later said that their hearts burned as the Lord spoke. This burning within their hearts is the kindling of the fire of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit, which, according to St Augustine is the love shared between God the Father and God the Son —that is, eternal perfect love. Through the teaching of the Risen Lord on the road they came to understand the crucifixion as the most beautiful gift of love, a gift of the resurrection that does not die, rather lives forever. And so through the words of the Lord they came to know the love that God has for them. This love was made most concrete and visible when Jesus broke the bread, a reminder to us of the Last Supper and the Eucharist. The Eucharist is for us a continual reminder of God’s self-giving and of his gift of love of himself.

What then do these sad and scared disciples do? They did not go to some town or region in which they could hide and resume their normal lives. Rather they raced back to Jerusalem to share with others the good news of the Lord’s resurrection. In a necessary way for us, as we come to experience and know the free gift of God’s love in the Risen Lord, neither can we resume our ‘normal lives.’ The gift of God’s love, as we receive it, redeems and remolds our hearts. It makes us instruments and disciples of love because we are disciples of the Risen Lord who is eternal love. We cannot just care for ourselves, but we want to care for all; we cannot just be compassionate with ourselves, we want to be compassionate to all; and, we cannot be loving just to ourselves, but we want to be loving to all. Our discipleship in following the Lord is not merely a program of what to do. It is much more. It is living a life of faith, trust and love because, like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, we are coming to know the tender and the beautiful gift of God’s love in the Risen Lord, and like the disciples our hearts are burning within us.

God Bless, and Take Care!

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