Third Sunday of Easter
April 18, 2011
Marlene Milasus, OSB, Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth, NJ
Today’s Gospel is actually the sequel to the Emmaus story; the two disciples who met Jesus on the road and recognized him in the breaking of bread now bring the message back to Jerusalem. And even as they announce their amazing news, there’s Jesus, in their midst, with the simple greeting of “Peace be with you.” To address the doubt of the group, Jesus shows his wounds, and then takes a piece of baked fish and eats it. He explains the Scriptures and how he has fulfilled them, and then charges the disciples with the task of being his witnesses.
There’s another scene, in the Acts of the Apostles, where Jesus similarly tells the disciples that they are to be witnesses in Jerusalem, and out to the farthest reaches of the world. That means us. We are recipients of this message, but even more amazing: we too, wherever we are, are witnesses to that original stunning revelation that “He whom you seek has risen”.