Home vocation Lecture by Fr. Foeckler (April 24, 2015)

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      Date: 4/24/15                Place: St. Paul HaSang Church (Des Plaines)

      SPEAKER: Fr. Foeckler        TOPIC: Recognizing Jesus

      Luke 24:13-35 (On
      the Road to Emmaus) New International Version (NIV)


      13 Now
      that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven
      [a] from
      14 They
      were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 
      15 As they talked and
      discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along
      with them;
      16 but
      they were kept from recognizing him.

      17 He
      asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

      They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named
      Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not
      know the things that have happened there in these days?”

      19 “What
      things?” he asked.

      “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a
      prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 
      20 The chief priests
      and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified
      21 but
      we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what
      is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 
      22 In addition, some
      of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 
      23 but didn’t find his
      body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he
      was alive. 
      24 Then
      some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had
      said, but they did not see Jesus.”

      25 He
      said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the
      prophets have spoken! 
      26 Did
      not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 
      27 And beginning with
      Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all
      the Scriptures concerning himself.

      28 As
      they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if
      he were going farther. 
      29 But
      they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is
      almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

      30 When
      he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began
      to give it to them. 
      31 Then
      their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
       and he disappeared
      from their sight. 
      32 They
      asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked
      with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

      33 They
      got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those
      with them, assembled together 
      34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and
      has appeared to Simon.” 
      35 Then
      the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them
      when he broke the bread.



      As we read the story of On the Road to Emmaus, we can
      realize that the two of the disciples were discouraged after the death of Jesus.
      Although Jesus had already predicted His death 

      and resurrection, disciples were
      slow to believe.

      The key point of this story is that when Jesus saw them
      on the road to Emmaus, about 7miles from Jerusalem, the disciples still didn’t
      recognize Him and was telling Him what was going on during the recent days of
      Jesus’ death. They were amazed at Jesus’ explanation of the   scriptures that
      they asked (urged) Him to stay with them at their house.

      And it was while at the dinner table, as Jesus took the
      bread and gave thanks and broke the bread, their eyes were opened and they
      RECOGNIZED him.

      We, too should tell Jesus what is in our hearts. The
      things that bother us even the little things.

      Jesus wants us to tell Him. He wants to hear from us. He
      waits for us to talk to Him.

      And it is when we attend mass, as the priest takes the
      bread and gives thanks and breaks   the bread, that’s when we should recognize His

      The bread as His Body and wine as His Blood.



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