After our Lenten journey, we have arrived at destination: celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus. These past 40 days, we have worked at integrating prayer, fasting and almsgiving into our lives -- with more or less success . . . And now, Jesus reveals himself to us in the Resurrection!

We are perhaps a little like the DISCIPLES ON THE ROAD TO EMMAUS. We have not yet recognized our risen Lord.
"Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him" (Luke 24:15-16).

And yet, he was with us all along the road, even breaking open Scripture for us, but we too are slow to understand!
"'How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?' And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself" (Luke 24:25-27).

Sometimes slowness to understand is exactly what is needed. We need time to absorb the message. And I believe that is why we celebrate the Passion and Resurrection - over 3 days, no less!

Jesus wants to meet us on our own particular road. We may search for him everywhere but where he is: right with us!
"And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight" (Luke 24:30-31).

Although Jesus vanished from their sight as soon as they recognize him, their hearts remain full of the joy of his resurrected presence, and they immediately set out on mission to share the news with the others.

Are we not called to do just that – to meet Jesus in prayer, in our 'everyday', and then to set out to share him with those we meet?


Submitted by Sr. Janice Fournier, pm