04 April 2010
Today’s Readings: Acts 10:34.37-43/Lk 24:13-35
The people of Israel were pilgrim people because they never had the possibility of lingering on the way. Cleophas and his companions were pilgrims since they followed Jesus, thinking that he would redeem Israel. But in the end there was only death of Jesus. This is the moment when Jesus becomes present and teaches them that one does not enter the kingdom without passing through death. They recognized him. Perhaps Jesus looks different but we are called to understand that the same people who could not recognize Jesus will see him when they come to believe.
Something similar happens now to believers when so often we complain and show our impatience. Yet Jesus does not leave us alone. He has not risen in order to sit in heaven but he is ahead of humanity on a pilgrimage and draws us toward that final day when he will come to meet us. At the same time he walks with us and when our hopes are dashed, that is the moment when we discover the meaning of the resurrection. This the Church does for us what Jesus did for the two disciples. It gives us the interpretation of the Scripture- to discover the thread connecting various events and to understand God’s plan concerning us, his people.
Loving Father, help us to realize that the Risen Christ has not left us, rather makes himself present in each of us. Send us the Holy Spirit as we await our own resurrection, we too will be able to rise again everytime we fall. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.