Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection April 04, 2024


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R/. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name through all the earth! Or: Alleluia.

V/. Alleluia

R/. Alleluia

V/.This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.

R/. Alleluia.

At that time: The two disciples told what had happened on the road to Emmaus, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marvellling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them. Then he said to them, “These are my words that 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.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

1.      To the apostles who were frightened and shaken in their faith, the risen Jesus appears and says, “Peace to you!” He asks them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?” He also shows them the way to tranquilise all our fears and doubts.

2.      First, he showed his hands and feet that were wounded and bruised for our sake. Second, he shared meals with them. Third, he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures and all the happenings according to the Scriptures.

3.       Jesus utters the same blessing even now to all of us, “Peace be to you!” He is asking us especially when disturbed and wavering, “Why are you troubled and doubting?’ The same remedies are relevant and effective even now. We need to see and experience him personally and clearly. Touch and see his love that suffered and died for us.

4.       Allow him to sit with us and share a meal with us. Allow him to open our minds to understand the Scriptures and see all that happens in the light of God’s holy will and plans. As Moses said, cited in the first reading, “You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you”.

5.       And as Peter exhorted, “Repent and turn again” to the Lord. Finally, be witnesses to him. This is what Jesus mandates, “You are witnesses of these things”, and Peter affirms, “We are witnesses to this”.

6.       Another important condition for such a personal experience of tranquillity and peace is humility. How humble Peter was! People began to glorify him after he healed the lame man. But immediately he attributes all credit to God.

7.       He questions, “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this … as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk?” He admits quite candidly that it is due to the power of the same Jesus whom they killed. What a difference from many modern followers of Christ who are seekers of self-glory!

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