Sunday, April 15, 2018
Third Sunday of Easter
Today's Entrance Antiphon: "Cry our with joy to God, all the earth; O sing to the glory of his name. O render him glorious praise, alleluia."
We are still full of Easter joy. The Gospel is Luke's account of the first Easter. He begins with the two disciples who had been on the road with Jesus. They recount what had taken place on the way, and how "Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of the bread."
Then, while they were still speaking, Jesus stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." We read the same last Sunday in John's account of this Easter night appearance. Imagine what the apostles felt when they heard those words. Jesus does not rebuke them for leaving him alone. He just comes and says, "Peace be with you." And then Jesus asks why they are still troubled. He tells them to look at his hands and feet; to touch him and see that he is not a ghost "because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have." Then Luke tells us they were incredulous for joy and were amazed. Jesus then asks them for something to eat and he took the left-over fish and ate it before them.
After that, Luke tells us that he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
Let us put ourselves there in the room with Jesus and feel the joy His Presence brings. Remember, Jesus spends time going around to give consolation to others and still does this. Let us thank Him and contemplate His now glorious wounds.