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3th Sunday of Easter A

Sunday, April 26, 2020

"But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel." Such disappointment regarding the person of Jesus was expressed by two of his disciples coming back after the Pasqual (Passover) events to their own village of Emmaus. The event shows very clear that even amid the disciples of Jesus there was a total difference of expectations regarding the mission of their Master as a Messiah. They were influenced by the religious authorities of Israel who expected from a Messiah, a strong force solution to their political situation and liberation from Roman occupancy. Instead it became a total disaster. Their Master was taken, tortured and killed on the cross as the worst damned evil-doer. And now, when they heard about an empty tomb, and the appearance of angels telling that Jesus is alive, they don’t know what to think about this. They were not able to comprehend all the facts, not until Jesus intervened with a special catechesis, giving them explanation and light from the divine historical plan of salvation. This special appearing of Jesus was a good occasion to remind them about everything he spoke and did during his lifetime before his death and even his way to die on the cross giving direction to show its salutary understanding in the fact of his resurrection. It is interesting to notice that the eyes of those disciples became open and were understood during a “breaking of bread” which reminds them of the events they participated at on Holy Thursday. It is now a new perspective to see Jesus during the breaking of bread, it means, at the Eucharist, on which focused all salutary intervention of God and manifests itself upon a form of the sacrament accessible to all people. In this way, at Mass on Sundays, the Church started giving access to God’s salutary intervention to all: we contemplate the word of God and break the bread proclaiming God’s salutary death which brings us forgiveness of sins. And in that spirit St. Peter teaches us, asking to live in fear of God: “Conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning, realizing that you were ransomed from your futile conduct, handed on by your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold but with the precious blood of Christ as of a spotless unblemished lamb.”