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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Reflection 2021-04-07 Wednesday In the Octave of Easter

Acts 3:1-10; Psalm 105; Luke 24:13-35
As we continue to celebrate Easter, we read in the Gospel how Jesus explained to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory. It seems that during the trip to Emmaus, the two disciples could not believe the Messiah had to suffer before entering his glory. They had to break bread with Jesus before their eyes were opened and they recognized Jesus; and he vanished from their sight.
The two disciples had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. They believed Jesus is the Messiah. However their belief was not according to what God had revealed in Scripture. Their idea of Messiah was clouded by their own biases. But during the Eucharist, their eyes were opened and they recognized Jesus. Realizing the kind of Messiah Jesus is requires a revelation from God. It requires our intelligence definitely, but it also requires openness to what God wants to reveal.
Their comment: were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us, shows they were using their intelligence to understand scripture but intelligence and reason goes so far. To know God and what he means, we need God to open our minds.
Peter and John in the First Reading know what kind of Messiah Jesus is. They were going up the Temple through the Beautiful Gate and a man born lame was there begging. Peter looked intently at him and told him look at us. This was to catch his attention and make sure the man knew Peter and John were talking to him. Peter then told him I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk. The word Christ is the Greek word for Messiah. We can translate this as Jesus Messiah of Nazareth. Peter and John know the Messiah’s kingdom is beyond human riches or power, which is why Peter said I have no silver or gold. But Peter also knows the Messiah’s name has power to heal, to forgive sins. Which is why he commanded the man to stand up and walk in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
The name of Jesus transcends human power and authority. The name of Jesus transcends any human limitation. The name of Jesus heals and makes whole. If you are reading this and you are burdened by something, whether it be a problem or something you did before, or something you are ashamed of, the Jesus Messiah of Nazareth can help you. Surrender to him and you will see his power to save. He may not take away your problem, but you will find deeper healing.
Lord, I surrender my situation to you. You are the Messiah, whose name is above every name, in heaven, on earth and under the earth. Command me to stand Lord, so I may be healed.

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