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Scripture Reflection - April 23, 2023

Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:14, 22-33 | 1 Pt 1:17-21 | Lk 24:13-35

Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York Scripture Reflection

The Scriptures open our minds and our hearts to reveal and awaken the deep longings which can empower our lives. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we are enlightened by the Apostle Peter that the Jewish Patriarch, David, was given the insight by God to foresee Christ and his Resurrection.

Such a revelation alerts us to be aware that there are those who speak in God’s name in our time and who have access to God’s plan.

In the reading from Luke we accompany two Apostles who, on their journey to Emmaus after witnessing the Crucifixion in Jerusalem, are engaged by the Risen Christ, but who fail to recognize the presence of the Lord whom they have followed. Nevertheless, Jesus remains with them, serving them and showing his concern for them by interpreting for them the words of Scripture where the prophets addressed the suffering of the Christ and His entry into glory. Perhaps we are enlightened about how often we may fail to recognize God’s Presence in our own lives.

Enlightened and encouraged, Cleopas and his companion invite Jesus to remain with them overnight and it is in His breaking and blessing of the bread that their eyes are opened to recognize the Lord Jesus and are moved to make their immediate return to Jerusalem to confirm the Presence of the Risen Lord.

Let us pray that we will remain open to God’s Presence in our lives and in the universe we inhabit.

Sr. Kathleen Sullivan, OP


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