Why I am catholic ……. Easter Time
We are now in Easter Time. Some of us are still in amazement that Christ has risen!
Revised Standard Version (RSV)
13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emma′us, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cle′opas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning 23 and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, 29 but they constrained him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us[b] while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, 34 who said, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
We have two guys walking home after the crucificition. They may have been in town for business and got caught up with trials etc. and hung around. It appears they are on the fence as to if they believe what they have been told. They did however go to the tomb and did not see Jesus there, in the tomb. They must of saw Him hang on the cross as well and listen to stories and deeds that Jesus said and did. Afterall they, themselves and HOPED that Jesus was the one. They were hoping for redeemption. Then on the third day, they lost their faith. They gave up hope! They gave up hope like a team who is behind by 10 and gives up hope with one minute to go! They gave up hope and started to head home so they could waller in their misery.
Has this ever happened to you? We all (okay – maybe just me) like to waller in our misery and we try to pull others into the mud puddle with us. Then, out of the blue, comes the happy happy happy person that you want to slap-up-side the head! Here Jesus just happens to join the two pitiful merchants and teaches them about what the prophets had been telling them. Now, in my mind, Jesus did not whip out the Torah or scrolls of scripture, nor did He teach in a way of rattling off verse after verse (i.e. In Genesis chapter 1 verse 1….etc.). He spoke and taught so they could understand. He had developed a dialogue with them that they readily devoured. He left them wanting more, so much so that they invited Him to enter under their roof.
Then, when Jesus was at the table, “he took the bread and blessed, and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened”
We have this miracle happen at every mass!!