Hope, peace, joy

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

 Hope, peace, joy
Easter Wednesday

Today’s first reading is the story of the experience of the disciples meeting Jesus on the way to Emmaus.  When Jesus first appeared, they said to him “We had hoped that Jesus was the one who would set Israel free.” 

In a Sermon Starter by Deacon Dick Folger, he tells about an Argentina man and his dog who were inseparable.   One day the man had a heart attack and was rushed to a hospital by ambulance. The dog raced behind and took a place outside the hospital, waiting and waiting.    In the meantime the man died and had offered his liver for transplant.  A few days later, a smiling woman in a wheel chair was being discharged and the dog, recognizing the liver of his master in her, came up to her wagging his tail and making friends.   Deacon Dick, then made the connection with the disciples on the way to Emmaus.   As Jesus was speaking to them on the way, their hearts were burning within them because they made a vital connection with someone they knew and then recognized him in the breaking of the bread because they were now united with him in his risen body.

A message from Pope Francis is:
“Never give way to discouragement!   Ours is not a joy born of having many possessions, but from having encountered a Person: Jesus in our midst; it is born from knowing that with him we are never alone, even at difficult moments, even when our life’s journey comes up against problems and obstacles that seem unsurmountable, and there are so many of them!   And in this moment the enemy, the devil, comes, often disguised as an angel, and slyly speaks his word to us.  Do not listen to him!  Let us follow Jesus!  We accompany, we follow Jesus, but above all we know that he accompanies us and carries us on his shoulders.  This is our joy, this is the hope that we must bring to this world.  Please do not let your selves be robbed of hope!   Do not let (your) hope be stolen!  The hope that Jesus gives us    Homily, March 24, 2013

In today’s gospel, as John and Peter were going into the temple to pray, they saw someone in need and connected with the presence of the risen Lord within them:

Peter said, “I have neither silver nor gold,
but what I do have I give you:
in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.”
Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up,
Acts 3: 1-10

Who knows what will happen in our lives when we turn from the tomb and
Allow hope, peace and joy to fill us.

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