Good News Inspiration for Daily Life
Bulletin Insert for April 26, 2020.
Description: Bulletin insert for the 3rd Sunday of Easter discusses why the two disciples in Luke 24:13-35 did not recognize Jesus until after they heard him explain the scriptures and then broke bread with him. It was a two-part process. First, while listening to him teach about the scriptures, only their hearts recognized him. (“Were not our hearts burning within us?”) Their eyes didn’t see his true identity until Jesus shared a meal with them, raised the bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them to eat.
When we celebrate Mass today, we’re on a similar journey with Jesus. First, we have the Liturgy of the Word, during which we hear the scriptures and a homily that explains them. This is a time of opening our hearts to him.
If we have opened our hearts to Jesus during the first part of Mass, and if we are still paying attention, we see more than a piece of bread and a chalice of wine. We see Jesus. We recognize him with our hearts and our heads. We know beyond all doubt that the resurrected Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist.
Ideas for use: Bulletin insert for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, adult education, faith sharing groups, RCIA class, etc.
Additional idea: The author Terry Modica is available to speak on this topic at your parish. The daughter of a Protestant minister, Mrs. Modica’s life took a major turn in 1977 when she learned that the Eucharist in Catholic Mass miraculously becomes the Body and Blood of Jesus. She has been active in evangelization ever since.