by Judith Moe, Notre Dame Associate
The Gospel of Luke 24: 13-31
On the third day, there were two who went to the town of Emmaus. Jesus went with them, yet they did not know him. Jesus asked why they were sad. They said to him, “Are you a stranger here that you do not know of Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified? Jesus said to them, “Ought not Christ to have suffered things here and so enter into his glory?” As they reached the town, they asked Jesus, who was still a stranger to them, to stay with them awhile. At table, Jesus took the bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them. Their eyes were opened and they knew him.
If Christ were to walk beside us, would we know him? If he were to enter our dwelling place, would we recognize him? If we were afraid and cried out for help and he came near, would we acknowledge him?
For surely Christ is in our midst, but we so often fail to comprehend his presence. Yet when our eyes are opened, we see that there he is, ever present in our lives, walking our journey with us.
It is said that the following from Psalm 27, is a miracle healing prayer.
by Sr Rosalee Burke ND
Creator God, You are trying us! It has been a long time since we have been able to attend Mass and receive you in the Eucharist. Television and radio Masses are helpful for us but not the same as being present.
There is a loneliness without you. Something is missing. When we watch Mass on TV and see all the empty pews it makes us sad. We know that many people are watching their own television sets but it is not the same.
Please give us patience and an appreciation for your presence among us. Help us to assist others as we can. The whole world is experiencing a loss—a loss of freedom. Help us to be open to new ways of being friendly. Keep us calm as we continue to try to be loyal worshippers.
by Kris Lanik, Notre Dame Associate
The Gospel reading begins with the Easter experience of Mary Magdalene. In spite of the trauma of having witnessed the crucifixion of the Lord whom she loved so much, she didn’t focus on herself. She didn’t focus on her own sense of loss. Instead, she remained focused on Him. She went back to the tomb in the darkness of early morning to be with Him.
Once she realized the tomb was empty, she ran back to the disciples. “They have taken the Lord, and I don’t know where they have put him.” Without hesitation, they ran to see for themselves.
Peter and John listened to Christ’s teachings for three years, saw His miracles, and viewed His death from a distance out of fear for their own lives. Now they had the opportunity to experience the miracle of His resurrection. They, like Mary Magdalene, were filled with devotion.
We are called to this same devotion to our Lord, to be equally determined to remain near to our Lord no matter what. This will look different for each of us.
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.” Psalm 118:1-2
by Dot Connealy, Notre Dame Associate
Matthew 21:1-11; Isaiah 50;4-7; Phil 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14-27:66 or 27:11-54
This will be a Palm Sunday like no other for most of us. Today we should be attending mass and hearing the Passion read for the first time during Holy Week, processions in many places, the lovely palms, and the beginning of “brightening” of our Lenten altars.
All these are things we have come to expect for the Sunday before Easter. We will probably experience none of these this year. However, I know that for me, memories of past Palm Sundays will be in my mind as I go through this day. One such memory are the Palm Sundays my family spent with my maternal relatives (Italian) in Long Island, NY. My Uncle Joe used to make lovely things woven from the palms we received at church, like the cross pin he made for me every year. I also have a more recent memory at our parish in Decatur when our priest suggested (and we did) a procession from our community center to our church. A very short distance but the memory of playing the guitar, singing and walking is a lovely memory to me.
On this day Jesus starts his journey to the cross and accompanying him into Jerusalem are crowds of people who have followed him there.
“The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and strewed them on the road. The crowds preceding him and those following kept crying out and saying: ‘Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest.’” – Matthew 21:7-9
May we take the time in the next week to actually “walk” the way with Jesus and keep him always in our heart. May God bless and protect you all.