Third Sunday of Easter – Year A
See what loss of hope can do to you!
The passage begins with the emphasis “that very day, the first day of the week” as the day the two disciples left
We all know what had happened on that very day. The two disciples too have heard about the events of that very day. They themselves report that they have heard from other members of their group about the empty tomb and the vision of angels (vs. 22 – 24). They think that they know this Jesus the Nazarene well. After all, they have witnessed this prophet’s mighty words and deeds (v. 19). They saw him undergoing his passion and crucifixion (v. 20). Yet, hearing about, or even having knowledge of someone or something, is not the same as knowing someone. It is not enough to have faith.
Moreover, in the case of the two disciples, they have allowed their disappointments to have the better of them. They had some agendas (“we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem
They have gotten lost because they have not seen according to God’s way.
So, it’s no surprise that the two fail to recognize Jesus.
But it is to these disciples, who are lost and confused that the Risen Lord comes. He takes the initiative. He makes the approach. He forms a community with them. He teaches them using what they can relate to, “beginning with Moses and all the prophets” (v. 25-27). (Here, he uses his death and resurrection to help them read and understand Scriptures ).
Then, with the breaking of the bread, he reveals himself fully to them.
Once their hearts have been burning with God’s Word and their eyes recognized the Presence of the Risen Lord in the Eucharist, “they set out at once and return to
They have rediscovered hope, the hope in the Risen Christ.