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Mass Readings and Scripture Reflections

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Scripture Reflection 4-14-24 - BOW Gems, compiled by parishioner Annette Allen
Our Gospel begins in the middle of a story: “The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way, and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of bread.” Who were the two disciples? They are the two who were “bound for Emmaus” when they encountered a man walking along beside them. That same night, while the two were telling the other disciples about their encounter, Jesus stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” The other disciples were startled and terrified and thought they were seeing a ghost.

This isn’t a ghost story. It’s not a mass delusion. Jesus shows his disciples he is real. He has flesh and bones. His wounds are real. He offers, “touch me and see.” He eats a piece of baked fish in front of them. No ghost can do that. The disciples were eyewitnesses to this.

The disciples were filled with anxiety and worry. Their fears had them huddled together in a locked room. Who were they hiding from? Was it only the Jewish authorities, or was there more to it than that? They may have felt guilty for the way they behaved on Friday, running away, hiding, denying they knew him. Jesus knew his disciples so well. Instead of recriminations, Jesus offered them his peace.

“Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts?” You know me. Why are you shocked that I am here with you? What do these words inspire in our own lives? Do we know Jesus? 

Jesus “opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” He led them through the laws of Moses, the words of the prophets and the psalms. Jesus is the fulfillment of Scripture, the pathway to becoming a person of faith.

“You are witnesses of these things.” The New Testament is filled with eyewitness testimony. The authors either knew Jesus and walked with him, or they were disciples of eyewitnesses.

“An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true; he knows that he is speaking the truth, so that you also may come to believe.” (John 19:35)
What is our witness testimony? How has Jesus changed our lives? 

“I am writing this to you so that you may not commit sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one. He is expiation for our sins, and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world.” 1 John 2:1–3) Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He wants us to share in the joy and peace of knowing him: "For the whole world." That's you. That's me.