April 30, 2017

3rd Sunday of Easter

April 30, 2017:  Third Sunday of Easter

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Pope Francis
From post-Egypt inflight press conference:  We Catholics must learn from the mystical tradition of the Orthodox Churches.  Ecumenism is made on the path, with works of charity, helping, doing things together when possible.  Static ecumenism doesn’t exist!  Theologians must come to agreements, but we can't become one if we don't walk together:  praying, working, doing works of charity, all together!...
I call national leaders to work on resolving problems along the path of negotiation and diplomacy.  There are mediators like Norway, always ready to help.  I've been speaking for two years about a world war in pieces, but the pieces have gotten bigger now, concentrated, focused on hot spots.  Today a widespread war would destroy a good part of humanity.  The UN has the duty to resume their leadership.
With Catholic Action:  Walk looking ahead, not behind, and be missionary disciples who reach out to the peripheries.  Be open to the world; don't look back complacently at a glorious history, but go out bearing the Lord’s testimony of joy and hope.  Live up to the example of your predecessors.  Serve your dioceses and parishes, channeling your efforts towards evangelization, not self-conservation.  Sow the good seed of the Gospel in your lives and the world, through the service of charity and political commitment.  Be Church with the strength of the Spirit!
To Brazil Bishops:  Here's a summary of his application of today's gospel:  meet, patiently listen to, accompany, inspire, and lead those who don't feel the Church can offer them anything; warm their hearts.
          Emmaus Road/ Gerloff
        • Acts 2:14, 22-33  Peter:  “God worked signs and wonders through Jesus in your midst.  You crucified Jesus, but God raised him up.  David said of him:  'You will not abandon my soul to the netherworld, nor will you suffer your holy one to see corruption.  You have made known to me the paths of life.'  David prophesied the resurrection of the Christ.  We see God raised Jesus, who poured forth the Holy Spirit he received from the Father.”
        • Ps 16:1-2, 5, 7-11  "Lord, you will show us the path of life."  I take refuge in you.  My heart and soul rejoice.  You won't abandon my soul to the netherworld nor allow your faithful one to undergo corruption.
        • 1 Pt 1:17-21  Christ's blood ransomed you; conduct yourselves with reverence.  He who was known before the world was founded is revealed now for you who believe in God who raised him, so your faith and hope are in God.
        • Lk 24:13-35  While two disciples were going to Emmaus, Jesus drew near and walked with them, but they didn't recognize him.  “What are you talking about?” / “Don't you know what happened to Jesus?...” / “How slow you are to believe!...”  He interpreted the Scriptures, they urged “Stay,” and he did.  At table he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them; their eyes were opened, they recognized him, and he vanished.  “Our hearts were burning as he opened the Scriptures to us!”  They returned to Jerusalem, found the Eleven and others saying, “The Lord has been raised!,” and recounted what happened and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.
          • Creighton:  Easter Sunday has passed, but hope lasts all year. The apostles couldn’t believe what was happening, and I can’t believe what's happening in society, government, and more.  But hope abounds; Easter joy is with us....
            Supper at Emmaus/ Ter Brugghen
          • Passionist:  The disciples journeying to Emmaus didn’t recognize Jesus at first, but they must have enjoyed his company and words; they invited him to spend the night.  They recognized him in the breaking of the bread, then went to spread the news of the Resurrection.  Each Sunday can be a journey to Emmaus for us:  the Scriptures enlighten our minds, and the Eucharist unites us with Jesus.  May we proclaim the good news of God's power, love, fidelity, and desire to be with us....
          • DailyScripture.net:  "Our hearts burned while he opened the Scriptures to us":   Jesus' death scattered his disciples and shattered their hopes and dreams; they saw the cross as defeat until the Risen Lord appeared to them and gave them understanding.  The disciples "were so disturbed when they saw him on the cross that they forgot his teaching, didn't look for his resurrection, and failed to keep his promises in mind" (Augustine, Sermon 235.1).  "Their eyes were obstructed, that they should not recognize him until the breaking of the bread. And thus, ignorant that Christ would rise again, their eyes were hindered.  Not that the truth himself was misleading them, but they couldn't perceive it" (Harmony of the Gospels 3, 25, 72).  The Risen Lord is ready to speak to us and give us understanding.  How often do we recognize him?
          Dress legend
          • 'Eyeball' tie pin:  "Their eyes were opened" (gospel)
          • 'Walking person' tie pin:  Disciples en route to Emmaus (gospel)
          • 'Hand' tie pin:  "The Lord is exalted at God's right hand"; "with the Lord at my right hand I shall not be disturbed" (1st reading, psalm); "Our chief priests handed Jesus over" (gospel)
          • '?' tie pin:  Emmaus disciples' and Jesus' questions to one another (gospel)
          • 'Dove' pin:  Jesus received the promise of the Spirit and poured him forth (1st reading)
          • 'Ruler' tie bar, 'crucifix' tie pin:  "You used lawless men to crucify Jesus" (1st reading); "Our rulers had Jesus crucified" (gospel)
          • 'Angel' pin:  "The women reported they saw angels announcing Jesus was alive..." (gospel)
          • 'Heart' pin:  "My heart is glad" (1st reading, psalm); "you slow of heart"; "our hearts were burning" (gospel)
          • 'Silverware' tie bar:  While at table, Jesus took bread... (gospel)
          • 'John's jokers' tie:  Jesus to disciples:  "Oh, how foolish you are!" (gospel)
          • 'Fire' pin:  "Weren't our hearts burning?"  (gospel)
          • 'Blood drop' pin:  "You were ransomed by the blood of Christ..." (2nd reading)
          • 'Lamb' tie bar:  "...as of a spotless lamb" (2nd reading)
          • White shirt, cuff links, socks:  Easter day and season
          • 'Accordion' pin:  Great instrument for El Peregrino de Emaús (gospel :-)
          • 'Wheat' pin (oops, forgot this one):  Jesus took bread...; their eyes were opened in its breaking (gospel)

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