Wednesday, April 26, 2006

On the Road To Emmaus

3rd Sunday of Easter
Cycle B
April 30, 2006

Lk. 24: 35 - 48

"I know the person" is a dangerous phrase, but it can also be a saving phrase. Taken negatively, it's like "Familiarity breeds contempt." When we claim we know the person, what were actually saying is that these are the ways of the person - predictable, we know too well the he will not change. But people do change. Each one of us us is a mystery. That's why from the stage of judging people, we should also have an open frame of mind to accept the mystery in them. People have mysteries, potentialities in them, and that area is reserved for God.

How blessed were the apostles who were walking towards Emmaus for having the virtue of docility. If they continued to wallow in their own conceptions and truth, mankind wouldn't have any Easter experience to be proud of. They wouldn't have recognized him in the breaking of the bread. There would be no resurrection.

We may be the people walking towards our own Emmaus - our created world seemingly enjoyable, but totally empty. Pray that we may return to the upper room with a concrete experience of the Lord, knowing how he works, and be motivated to follow him on his own terms not ours, and committing our whole lives for no other purpose except to love, adore, praise, and serve him for the rest of our lives.

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Fr. Joselito Jopson
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Our Own Resurrection

2nd Sunday of Easter

Cycle B

April 23, 2006
Gospel: Jn 20, 19 -31

Typically we know Thomas as the “doubting apostle” who was reprimanded by the Lord by saying, “Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.”

But look at the Gospel again and see that Thomas’ attitude is not of doubting but may be of yearning. He yearned to see the Lord, to touch him, and embrace him.

We are the Thomases of today’s modern times feel a sense of longing for something meaningful, something we can touch, feel, see, and embrace. Unfortunately, we look for happiness at the wrong places. We become selfish, grasping for things we thought will give us happiness.

“Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe” is Jesus’ invitation to us. He is near us, around us, within us. He is in our brothers and sisters who long to be loved in a real way. He is in the poor who long to be helped by those who can.

Never doubt then, believe. Believe is a real way.