Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Luke 24:35-48
Today’s Gospel reveals the disciples’ first encounter with the risen Christ. Even though they followed Him, listened to His teachings, and believed in Him, when He finally appears among them after the crucifixion, they are startled and terrified! Think on that for a moment. When Jesus appears to them, they struggled to accept the truth before their eyes.
Like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, Jesus makes Himself known to them in the breaking of the bread, sharing a meal. Even then, He had to open their minds to understand what was happening and why. He opened their minds to understand the fulfillment of the Good News. That He came, suffered, and died for the forgiveness of our sins.
If the disciples could struggle or doubt God’s promises in their darkest moment, why would we be surprised to face the same feelings during our darkest moments? When things seem at their worst, we too can find the risen Christ in the breaking of the Bread. He waits for us at the Mass, in the most holy sacrament of Eucharist. Here we can experience the real presence of Christ among us and ask Him to open our minds to Him in our life.
However, once God reveals Himself, we are now also witnesses of these things, like the disciples. We are given the promise of the Father through the Holy Spirit. With open minds, we are called and commissioned to go out in the world and spread this good news of His love and salvation.
What troubles you today? Seek Christ in the Holy Eucharist and ask Him to open your mind to His love and mercy.
Lord, when I struggle with troubles and doubt, open my mind to Your mercy. Allow me to be a witness of Your love in the world.
Copyright 2021 Shelly Henley Kelly
About the Author
Shelly Henley Kelly is a daughter of God, a Martha who strives to be Mary, living in the world, but not of the world, perpetually busy as breadwinner, wife, mother, catechist, and ACTS sister. A published author, Shelly writes about being a working mom and catechist at SoundMindAndSpirit.com and can be heard on various podcasts at SQPN.com.