Reflection for the Third Sunday of Easter

Written on: April 22, 2020

First Reading: Acts 2: 14, 22-33
Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-21
Gospel: Luke 24:13-35

Just two weeks ago we celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus, clearly a sign for all Christians of God’s love and forgiveness, and of hope.

As we move through Eastertide there is an aspect of our time that we need to reflect upon as we walk with Jesus and the disciples on the way to Emmaus to complete the story of Redemption.  Then and now, confusion and stress is rampant; signs of hope and stability are challenged at every turn.

Each of us is called in this time of a world-wide pandemic to not only address its many challenges personally, but also to respond to the needs of others: friends, neighbors, the poor, the lonely, the sick, the aged, the disabled and most important, the forgotten – in our prayer and love and in personal assistance, in whatever way we are able. The opportunities are limitless.

Today’s message of Emmaus, as Jesus walks with the disciples, guides us in our response to those severely impacted by the pandemic.

It is always a challenge to put ourselves in the shoes of another – the pain that they may be experiencing, the loss of a loved one, or the stress they may struggle with on a daily basis.  Though we cannot know the pain, yet to seek to know it may be to find it. It may be a neighbor or a stranger. No matter!

As we walk with Jesus on the road to Emmaus, let us join with the apostles in listening well to Jesus’ call to love one another as He has loved us.

Are not our hearts burning within us as He opens the scripture of our lives?

Sister Mary Brendan Connors, served as educator and administrator at Holy Angels Academy and D’Youville College. Her life in ministry has included 15 years in leadership of the congregation, and 31 years directing the D’Youville College Learning Center. Sr. Mary Brendan has no idea how to sit back and do nothing in retirement. Both in Buffalo, and now at Lafayette Redeemer, Sr. Mary Brendan is always at the service of others.

Featured photo courtesy of Annie Spratt/Unsplash

11 thoughts on “Reflection for the Third Sunday of Easter

  1. greynun says:

    Walking with each other we encounter–in person or via phone or Internet–surely invites us into the Emmaus experience of encounter with Christ in one another. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Rita Margraff says:

    Thanks, Mary Brendan. “In the breaking of the bread they saw and they knew he was alive.” A wonderful story of how we can see Jesus in one another.

  3. Joan McElwain says:

    Thank you Mary Brendon for you insight

  4. mmulligan says:

    Thanks . Mary Brendan! You’re an Emmaus type of person: joins, discusses,stays and breaks bread. It too is my favorite parable.MMulligan


    Thanks Mary Brendan for your insightful reflection of this passage. I never get tired of hearing this passage which is so relevant in today’s events of the “PANDEMIC”.
    Being open to the stranger who approaches us

  6. Sister Jean Liston says:

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom and insight into this Gospel passage.
    Good job!
    Sister Jean Liston

  7. Anne Marie Beirne, GNSH says:

    Thanks Mary Brendan for this reminder that we all journey together –on the road to Emmaus–while right here in Philadelphia!

  8. Zita says:

    Thanks, Mary Brendan. This Gospel is also one of my favorites. We continue to be isolated, yet we realize that we are all in this together. It is my hope that one day we will again join one another in person as well as in spirit. God bless!

  9. greynun says:

    The Emmaus story is one of my favorites. Thank you for putting us on the road with Jesus, listening to him open up the meanings of events that happened then and now. You are so right that we are called to imitate him in his loving compassion

  10. Sr Pat Connolly says:

    So true of all that you shared. A good reminder to keep our eyes ears and hearts open to all in need at this time. Thanks

  11. mary salvadore says:

    Thank you, Sister Mary Brendan! Good thought for reflection! Inspiring!
    Sister Mary Sal

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