One Minute Reflection – 19 April – Wednesday of Easter Octave
Daily Meditation: Give us the joy of this feast.
Then the disciples from Emmaus
told what happened on the road
and how they knew he was the Lord
when he broke the bread.
— Luke 24:35
REFLECTION – “The fact that archaeologists have not identified the location of Emmaus with any certainty, holds for me a certain value : it suggests that Emmaus is really everywhere, the road that leads there is the path of every Christian, indeed, every human being. On our own journeys, the risen Jesus is a traveling companion who rekindles in our hearts the warmth of faith and hope and the breaking of the bread of eternal life. This beautiful evangelical text already contains the structure of the Mass: in the first part listening to the Word through the Scriptures; second in the Eucharistic liturgy and communion with Christ present in the sacrament of his Body and his Blood. Nourishing ourselves in this twofold meal, the Church builds itself up and is renewed every day in faith, hope and charity.”……………..Pope Benedict XVI 2008
PRAYER – Loving Father, do I feel this joy so deeply each year? I know how solemn this season is and yet I am overcome by sheer delight. I celebrate this joyful time of remembering how I am brought to new life by the sacrifice Your Son made for me. Help me to delight in the gift He left us, help me to experience the great joy of the feast of the Holy Mass and the Holy Eucharist the food to nourish me on my own road to Emmaus. Amen