He Is Actually Here

Dear Parishioners,

Two weeks have passed since Easter Sunday. As we move along through the Easter season, today is the third Sunday of Easter.

This is a beautiful season where we celebrate that Jesus has risen as He said He would. Our gospel readings tell us about Jesus's resurrection appearances. What is important for us to remember is that Jesus is present to us just like He was present to His apostles.

In today's Gospel, two of Jesus's apostles were walking along a road to a village called Emmaus, talking about Jesus's crucifixion. Jesus joins them and talks with them, but they don't recognize Him. Jesus discusses the Scriptures with the apostles and tells them that He had to die to come into His glory. They still don't recognize Him.

The apostles invited Jesus to join them where they were staying. When they shared a meal together and Jesus said the blessing, the apostles recognized Him. In the breaking of the bread, the Eucharistic experience, they recognize Jesus!

As we celebrate the risen Christ, let's stay open to recognizing Him in our own lives. Jesus is present to us in one another. In our kindness to each other, we show the other person that we see Christ in him or her. At the same time, we let the other person see Christ in us.

Jesus is present to us in the liturgy. He is present to us in His word in Scripture and in the Eucharist. Like the apostles on the road to Emmaus, we can hear Jesus as we listen to the Scriptures. Like those same apostles, we can recognize Jesus in the breaking of the bread.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick