Without a doubt, today’s gospel of the Disciples on the Road to Emmaus is one of my favorite passages in all the Scriptures. I find it amazing that what happened that first Easter Sunday 2000 years ago is what we still do at each and every Mass. We gather together and Jesus breaks the scriptures open for us and breaks the bread and we hear his voice and recognize his presence in the Eucharist. On the way, Jesus celebrates the second Mass! (The first was at the Last Supper.)
The Church teaches that Jesus is present to us in four different ways at Mass: in the assembly (“where two or three gather in my name, there shall I be”); in the person of the priest who is acting “in persona Christi”, in the person of Christ; in the words of Scripture; and, in a most unique way, in the Holy Eucharist. If only we were to realize what happens at each Mass, we would never be bored or be tempted to stay away! Jesus is present to us in this most wonderful act of worship. Jesus is Risen and is with us to
this very day!
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