Happy Third Sunday of Easter! We have so many reasons to rejoice these fifty days of Easter celebration. One of them is the enduring presence of the Risen Christ in our lives. In today’s Gospel passage, the disciples on the journey from Jerusalem to Emmaus recognized this. It happened at table when Jesus “took bread, broke it, and gave it to them.” Their eyes were opened but he vanished from their sight. In that same moment they also realized that Jesus was present with them throughout their journey. They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us when he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?” Returning to Jerusalem, they shared with the other disciples what had transpired, and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of the bread. Each week (and every day, if we choose to read Scripture), we have the opportunity to encounter Christ in the Word. And each week (and more often, if we choose to attend Mass at other times) we have the opportunity to encounter Christ at the Table of the Lord. At each celebration of Eucharist, the priest, in the person of Christ, does what Jesus commanded: “Do this in memory of me.” What a gift Jesus has given to us. Many of us deeply appreciate that gift and are present week in and week out to share in Eucharist. Others, for some reason, have no idea what they are missing by not being present on a regular basis. How can we who are so in tune with Christ’s presence draw others into an appreciation of that presence and the importance to celebrate it week after week? All of us have stories of Christ’s presence in our lives in many other ways in addition to Eucharist. We have known times when our hearts were burning within us whether it was through the Scriptures or through another in whom we truly encountered Christ. How do we share the joys of those experiences with others? How are we instruments of evangelization in our church and our world?
Please join us for Eucharist this Tuesday Evening, May 2, at 6:30 PM. Prior to Mass, at 6:00 PM, the Rosary Altar Society will have its annual May Crowning. If you are able, please join us.
Today (Sunday) several of us will be attending the Mystagogia Mass at the Saint Andrew Church site with Morgan Higgins. You may recall that Morgan was fully initiated into the Church at the Easter Vigil. Each year, the Bishop invites all those who attended the Rite of Election (and are now members of the Catholic Church) to celebrate Eucharist with him. At this same Mass, the bishop will be celebrating Confirmation with Adult Catholics who have not yet been confirmed. One of our parishioners, Yolanda Aguilar and her sponsor, Juanita Hadley, will be attending that liturgy. Congratulations and Blessings on your Confirmation, Yolanda!
Blessings on your Easter Days!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ