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Thursday in the Octave of Easter, April 4, 2024




Gospel

Lk 24:35-48

The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way,

and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread.

While they were still speaking about this,

he stood in their midst and said to them,

“Peace be with you.”

But they were startled and terrified

and thought that they were seeing a ghost.

Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled?

And why do questions arise in your hearts?

Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.

Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones

as you can see I have.”

And as he said this,

he showed them his hands and his feet.

While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,

he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?”

They gave him a piece of baked fish;

he took it and ate it in front of them.

He said to them,

“These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,

that everything written about me in the law of Moses

and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”

Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.

And he said to them,

“Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer

and rise from the dead on the third day

and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,

would be preached in his name

to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

You are witnesses of these things.”


Reflection

"Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures."


Have you ever had an AH-HA moment? These little moments where something totally unknown becomes clear and instantly known.


This is what I picture this moment being like for the disciples, but even better. Can you imagine, having studied the Scriptures for years, reading the same words over and over and realizing in an instant that you never fully understood it until now? Here we can see the importance of divine intervention when it comes to comprehending profound truths in the Scriptures. Can you imagine? What would you do if this happened to you? Or has this happened to you? Jesus wants us to understand, but it will take a willingness on our part and humility to open our minds to receive the graces He gives us. Just as the disciples needed Jesus to help them unlock their understanding, we also need spiritual guidance to help us understand the mysteries of faith.



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