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April 26, 2023 at 2:57 am #189208Michaela
Motjari meeting on Apr 23, 2023
That very day, the first day of the week,
two of Jesus’ disciples were going
to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them,
“What are you discussing as you walk along?”
They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
“Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
who does not know of the things
that have taken place there in these days?”
And he replied to them, “What sort of things?”
They said to him,
“The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people,
how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
to a sentence of death and crucified him.
But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;
and besides all this,
it is now the third day since this took place.
Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
they were at the tomb early in the morning
and did not find his body;
they came back and reported
that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
who announced that he was alive.
Then some of those with us went to the tomb
and found things just as the women had described,
but him they did not see.”
And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are!
How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
and enter into his glory?”
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them what referred to him
in all the Scriptures.
As they approached the village to which they were going,
he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
But they urged him, “Stay with us,
for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
So he went in to stay with them.
And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other,
“Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
where they found gathered together
the eleven and those with them who were saying,
“The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”
Then the two recounted
what had taken place on the way
and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.
Things that happened after the resurrection of the Jesus.
The stone was rolled by an angel. The angel sat on the stone and talked to the ladies. John saw the empty tomb and the burial clothes and said, “the beloved disciple believed.”
Two of the disciples were discouraged. They said we HAD hope, in the past tense.
The spiritual direction. Jesus walked with them, he listened to them, he guided them. He taught them in depth about his redemption.
Moses explained in the Genesis that the redeemer will crush the serpent’s head, but will suffer in the battle. Some people interpret this as Jesus dies on the cross.
Jesus’ death was planned, was not an accident. He died on the cross, THEN rise from the dead into glory.
Both times Jesus tried to pass people by, they called for him to stay with them. That’s what we have to do. We need to call for him, ask him to stay with us. Bible is for the broken hearted.
The breaking of the bread
He took bread, blessed the bread, broke the bread, and gave it to them. (4 important things that he did). Now he is in the presence of the Eucharist. That is preserved in the tabernacle in every church, under the Paschal candle.. God is staying with us. Liturgy of the word, and the Liturgy of the Eucharist (2 parts of the Mass)
This Gospel is about the 1st Mass, celebrated by the Jesus himself after he had resurrected.
Their eyes were prevented from recognizing him: Jesus is in the form of bread. He stopped being visible to be invisible in the bread.
Clopas is actually uncle of Jesus, married the sister of Mary.
Maranatha, (Come, Lord, Stay with us.)
3 Important Aspects of Eucharist
Presence, Sacrifice, and Communion (We are united through His body and blood)
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