Tuesday, April 07, 2015

He Took Bread

When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked for alms. But Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them. Peter said, “I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.”  Acts 3:3-6

So he went in to stay with them. 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. Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”  Luke 24:29C-32

Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.  But to taste we need to be mindful of who and what is around us.  We cannot praise Him at all times unless we take away all the distractions in our life. 

The appearance on the road to Emmaus may be the quintessential story of the modern Church. 

In the Good News today, we hear the disciples going about their business.  They have heard of the Easter story but are acting more like Joe Friday (“Just the facts, ma’am”) rather than Pope Francis (“The Joy of the Gospel”).  They are walking along with JESUS AT THEIR SIDE and fail to recognize him.  They see him.  They hear him.  But they don’t recognize him. 

Like the women at the tomb, they need to use more of their senses.  The women actually touched Jesus and believed.  Not until those walking to Emmaus touched the bread and tasted him, did they realize that Jesus was in their midst.  Mission accomplished and Jesus moved on to have an Easter encounter with someone else.

How often is Jesus walking right next to us?  Or sitting on the bus?  Or begging for alms right outside the temple?  Or in front of us at the checkout line at Potbelly?  How do you experience that moment?  More than likely, if you are like the people on my 17G bus home, your head is buried in a screen, book, or newspaper – totally oblivious to your surroundings.  How can you be more aware of what is happening in the present moment?

Perhaps you need a daily disconnect.  Here is a three-minute, or five-minute or ten-minute meditation that will point you in the right direction.  http://www.carmelites.net/daily-disconnect/april-7-2015-easter-tuesday/

You can add the Daily Disconnect to your Facebook page or go right to the Internet Machine for the prescribed dose administered by the Carmelites. 

Try it…you’ll like it. 

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