This week the gospel touches on two of Jesus’ disciples who were journeying to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. On their journey, the disciples met Jesus but were unable to recognise him.
Often in our lives, when we are caught up with the daily happenings of life, we forget about Jesus but he is patient and waits for us to recognise him again through prayer and reflection. The two disciples were also greatly affected by the death of Jesus and did not understand the readings of scripture that spoke of the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Whenever we read the bible, sometimes it is hard to comprehend the meaning behind the verses and get what the bible is trying to tell us. But with repeated readings and through the homily, our eyes and heart are open to receive the message of scripture. This is the reason why homilies given by the priest at mass is important as it makes us understand, just like how Jesus made the disciples understand the meaning behind his death and resurrection.
Many Catholics have also left the church for some reason and I hope that Jesus will make them recognise his presence in their lives and return to him. Just like by opening the disciple’s hearts and minds, I pray that they will return to the church.
Jesus accompanied his two disciples till the day was almost over and he stayed with them for the night. He then proceeded to break the bread and gave it to them. This is similar to the Eucharist during mass where we recognise that Jesus is present in the presentation of the body(host) and blood (wine). He is always there for us in our lives as both teacher and friend.
These few weeks of national service training has been tough but in the blink of an eye, it is ending soon. I am thankful that through prayers and support from friends and family, I am able to go through the training.
Last week was also marked the historical canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II. Both individuals have shown that they lead a life of holiness and prayer. The then John Paul II also taught us to forgive, just like how he forgave the gunman who shot him. His acts of compassion and interaction with the youth through The World Youth Day yearly also gave young Catholics a mission to spread the message of God’s love unto others.
It is a joyful event for Pope John XXIII and John Paul II to have been canonized as saints, and we should learn from their lives and be good exemplary Catholics. To journey with both the Popes, I have picked up the magazine of “Two Popes, One Faith” by Catholic Digest after Mass at the Church of the Holy Spirit. It is an interesting read on both the lives and work of the two Popes.
“May I learn to Pray as Pope John did, Dear Jesus, asking you to hold me close and bind me to you with small golden links of Love” – quote from Two Popes, One Faith.
Written By: Darren Chan Keng Leong