Reflection for March 30, 2016: Wednesday in the Octave of Easter.
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As a cradle Catholic, I am well aware that knowledge of the bible is a weakness. When I receive my daily reflection 'assignment' I try to learn a bit about my readings. I'll share my learnings about today's gospel reading. The 'Walk to Emmaus' is only written in the gospel of Luke The city of Emmaus has never really been identified|As I read and reflect, I am struck that these disciples seemed to have no idea with whom they walked until bread was broken. It seems they were hit with the "hind sight is 20/20 type of thing" when they state: "Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?'" They went on to Jerusalem to share with the other disciples and to verify that Jesus was indeed risen.|One part of me doesn't understand how they couldn't have known it was Jesus. Then I stop and realize that Jesus had been killed. He was dead! Nobody comes back to life! This reading has been a wonderful reality check. Lent is over, Holy Week was last week, and Easter Sunday has passed. Sometimes the 'incredibleness' of the resurrection is lost. We have the Easter experience every year (here in North America) in the spring right? I pray that the teachings of the Easter story stay with us, and we truly realize the sacrifice made for us. May we take time to understand the impact of this event on us and all of those before us. May we carry the lessons of Easter with us always, hopefully, making us more humble, more forgiving people.
University Ministry, Creighton University.
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