Third Sunday of Easter – Year B

Posté par diaconos le 10 avril 2024

The Resurrection Story of Jesus Christ Study Guide

Jesus and the two disciples of Emmaus


From the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Luke

At that time, the disciples returning from Emmaus were telling the eleven apostles and their companions what had happened on the road and how the Lord had manifested himself to them in the breaking of the bread. While they were still talking, the Lord himself appeared in their midst and said to them: « Peace be with you ! Frightened and afraid, they thought they saw a spirit. Jesus said to them: « Why are you so disturbed ? And why do these thoughts arise in your hearts ? Look at my hands and my feet: it is really me ! Touch me, look at me: a spirit has no flesh and bones as you see that I have ».

After saying this, he showed them his hands and feet. They rejoiced, but still did not dare to believe and were astonished. Jesus said to them, « Have you anything to eat here ? They offered him a piece of grilled fish, which he took and ate in front of them. Then he said to them : « These are the words I spoke to you while I was still with you. All that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled » . Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.

He said to them : « It is written that Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that in his name conversion for the forgiveness of sins will be proclaimed to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.«  The understanding interest that Jesus showed them won the trust of the two travellers. His questions invited them to open their hearts (Lk 18, 40 ; Jn 5, 6 ; Jn 20, :15). He was not only powerful in words, but also and above all in deeds, through the acts of love that filled his life.

And he was so not only in the esteem of all the people, but also before God, who bore witness to him. In addition to all these causes of sadness, there is another circumstance to mention, on the significance of which they hesitated to pronounce and which added to their confusion. They did not cite this testimony of the women as a reason for hope, which they confidently contrasted with the painful facts they cited. Even though the disciples who visited the tomb found it just as the women had said !

Jesus, for his part, after letting them recount all their sorrows, rebuked them :  » Fools ! First of all, he accused them of not having the ability to understand the promises that God had made through the prophets (Gal 3, 1). Man could only be saved through suffering and death. God’s eternal love, which wanted man’s salvation, also wanted the Saviour’s immense dedication, which was indispensable for the fulfilment of that salvation.HeAs the disciples understood the scriptures, they felt that the darkness of their He hearts gave way to light, that their doubts gave way to confidence and that, even before they recognised Jesus, they belonged to him completely. This is what Jesus did to their minds, instead of suddenly offering himself to them. To test the disciples, Jesus kept walking and would certainly have continued on his way had they not urged him to stay with them.

He wanted this new grace to depend on them

Back in Jerusalem, before the disciples of Emmaus could even speak, they were greeted by a shout of joy : « The Lord is risen indeed ! The disciples gave as proof an apparition of Jesus to Simon Peter. The appearance of Jesus to Peter was a proof of his mercy towards the one who, embittered, felt the need to see Jesus again and to obtain his forgiveness (Mk 16, 7). While the disciples of Emmaus were telling their story, Jesus appeared with this greeting: ‘Peace be with you’. To calm their fear, he showed them his feet and hands and invited them to touch him. Then, to convince them completely, he ate with them.

He reminded them that he had told them that all prophecies would be fulfilled about him. He opened their minds to understand the scriptures. They foretold his suffering and resurrection and the preaching of the gospel among all nations. Jesus made the disciples his witnesses, promised them the Holy Spirit and commanded them to wait in Jerusalem for the fulfilment of this promise. The mention of the feet implies that not only the hands but also the feet of Jesus were nailed to the cross.

This passage from Luke leaves little room for doubt. The joy the disciples felt at seeing Jesus, after sadness and fear, kept them in a state of confusion that prevented them from believing. To give them further proof, Jesus asked for something to eat. Jesus reminded them of the many predictions he had made to them before his death and resurrection (Lk 9:22; Lk 22:37) . Jesus no longer considered himself with his disciples; his former relationship with them had been replaced by a spiritual communion.

Jesus appealed one last time to the authority of the Scriptures, to make the disciples understand the divine necessity of all that had happened to him and to reveal to them the future of his kingdom and the vocation they were to fulfil in it. In his name, they were to preach repentance and repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Deacon Michel Houyoux

Links to other Christian sites

The Catholic Leader : click here to read the paper →Meeting Jesus on the road to Emmaus – The Catholic Leader

Benedictine Abbay of Christ Third Sunday of Easter, Year B – Benedictine Abbey of Christ in the desert

Video David Helling : click here →

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