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From: Luke 24:35-48

After the road to Emmaus

[35] Then they (the disciples) told what had happened on the road, and how
He (Jesus) was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Jesus Appears To The Eleven And Their Companions

[36] As they were saying this, Jesus Himself stood among them, and said to
them, “Peace to you!” [37] But they were startled and frightened, and supposed
that they saw a spirit. [38] And He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and
why do questionings rise in your hearts? [39] See My hands and My feet, that
it is I Myself; handle Me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you
see that I have.” [40] And when He had said this, He showed them His hands
and His feet.

[41] And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, He said to them,
“Have you anything here to eat?” [42] They gave Him a piece of broiled fish,
[43] and He took it and ate before them.

Jesus’ Last Instructions And Leave-Taking

[44] Then He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you, while I
was still with you, that everything written about Me in the law of Moses and the
prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” [45] Then He opened their minds to
understand the Scriptures, [46] and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the
Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, [47] and that repen-
tance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, be-
ginning from Jerusalem. [48] You are witnesses of these things.”


36-43. This appearance of the risen Jesus is reported by St. Luke and St. John
(cf. John 20:19-23). St. John reports the institution of the sacrament of Penance,
whereas St. Luke puts the stress on the disciples’ difficulty in accepting the mi-
racle of the Resurrection, despite the angels’ testimony to the women (cf. Mat-
thew 28:5-7; Mark 16:5-7; Luke 24:4-11) and despite the witness of those who
had already seen the risen Lord (cf. Matthew 28:9-10; Mark 16:9-13; Luke 24:
13ff; John 20:11-18).

Jesus appears all of a sudden, when the doors are closed (cf. John 20:19),
which explains their surprised reaction. St. Ambrose comments that “He pene-
trated their closed retreat not because His nature was incorporeal, but because
He had the quality of a resurrected body” (”Expositio Evangelii Sec. Lucam, in
loc”.). “Subtility”, which is one of the qualities of a glorified body, means that
“the body is totally subject to the soul and ever ready to obey its wishes” (”St.
Pius V Catechism”, I, 12, 13), with the result that it can pass through material
obstacles without any difficulty.

This scene showing Christ’s condescension to confirm for them the truth of His
resurrection has a charm all of its own.

41-43. Although His risen body is incapable of suffering, and therefore has no
need of food to nourish it, our Lord confirms His disciples’ faith in His resurrec-
tion by giving them these two proofs—inviting them to touch Him and eating in
their presence. “For myself, I know and believe that our Lord was in the flesh
even after the Resurrection. And when He came to Peter and his companions,
He said to them, ‘Here, feel Me and see that I am not a bodiless ghost.’ They
touched Him and believed, and were convinced that He was flesh and spirit [...].

Moreover, after the Resurrection, He ate and drank with them like a man of flesh
and blood, though spiritually one with the Father” (St. Ignatius of Antioch, “Let-
ter to the Christians at Smyrna”, III, 1-3).

44-49. St. Matthew stresses that the Old Testament prophecies are fulfilled in
Christ, because His immediate audience were Jews, who would accept this as
proof that Jesus was indeed the promised Messiah. St. Luke does not usually
argue along these lines because He is writing for Gentiles; however, in this epi-
logue he does report, in a summarized way, Christ’s statement to the effect that
everything foretold about Him had come true. By doing so He shows the unity
of Old and New Testaments and that Jesus is truly the Messiah.

46. From St. Luke’s account we have seen how slow the Apostles were to grasp
Jesus’ prophecy of His death and resurrection (cf. 9:45; 18:34). Now that the pro-
phecy is fulfilled Jesus reminds them that it was necessary for the Christ to suf-
fer and to rise from the dead (cf. Acts 2:1-4).

The Cross is a mystery, in our own life as well as in Christ’s: “Jesus suffers to
carry out the will of the Father. And you, who also want to carry out the most ho-
ly Will of God, following the steps of the Master, can you complain if you meet
suffering on your way?” (St. J. Escriva, “The Way”, 213).

Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.

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Scripture readings taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd

Mass Readings

First reading Acts 3:13-15,17-19 ©
Peter said to the people: ‘You are Israelites, and it is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, who has glorified his servant Jesus, the same Jesus you handed over and then disowned in the presence of Pilate after Pilate had decided to release him. It was you who accused the Holy One, the Just One, you who demanded the reprieve of a murderer while you killed the prince of life. God, however, raised him from the dead, and to that fact we are the witnesses.
  ‘Now I know, brothers, that neither you nor your leaders had any idea what you were really doing; this was the way God carried out what he had foretold, when he said through all his prophets that his Christ would suffer. Now you must repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out.’

Psalm Psalm 4:2,4,7,9 ©
Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.
When I call, answer me, O God of justice;
  from anguish you released me, have mercy and hear me!
Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.
It is the Lord who grants favours to those whom he loves;
  the Lord hears me whenever I call him.
Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.
‘What can bring us happiness?’ many say.
  Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.
Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.
I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once
  for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.

Second reading 1 John 2:1-5 ©
I am writing this, my children,
to stop you sinning;
but if anyone should sin,
we have our advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ, who is just;
he is the sacrifice that takes our sins away,
and not only ours,
but the whole world’s.
We can be sure that we know God
only by keeping his commandments.
Anyone who says, ‘I know him’,
and does not keep his commandments,
is a liar,
refusing to admit the truth.
But when anyone does obey what he has said,
God’s love comes to perfection in him.

Gospel Acclamation cf.Lk24:32
Alleluia, alleluia!
Lord Jesus, explain the Scriptures to us.
Make our hearts burn within us as you talk to us.

Gospel Luke 24:35-48 ©
The disciples told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread.
  They were still talking about all this when he himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you!’ In a state of alarm and fright, they thought they were seeing a ghost. But he said, ‘Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts? Look at my hands and feet; yes, it is I indeed. Touch me and see for yourselves; a ghost has no flesh and bones as you can see I have.’ And as he said this he showed them his hands and feet. Their joy was so great that they still could not believe it, and they stood there dumbfounded; so he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ And they offered him a piece of grilled fish, which he took and ate before their eyes.
  Then he told them, ‘This is what I meant when I said, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets and in the Psalms has to be fulfilled.’ He then opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘So you see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this.

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