St. Augustine Catholic Church
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Third Sunday of Easter
My Dear Church Family,
Reflect this week on your own roads to Emmaus. Sometimes our journey is really tough and with the Coronavirus pandemic we can really say, “Amen” to that. So, we have our own journeys, just like Cleopas and his companion, who were going away from where the apostles were, who are filled with confusion and certainly a lack of hope. But with the Lord Jesus, we have more than hope, we have victory and ultimately, we have eternal life!
About eight of my priest buddies, who are in the Regina Cleri Home, were affected and tested positively for the virus. So I was definitely concerned that they would be dying, but right now, this big Road to Emmaus is filled with a spirit of victory and hope because three were in the hospital and they have been released. So, dear Church Family, there is in the scriptures today, lots of words of hope and victory.
Peter in the first reading is proclaiming the psalmist’s words that “we have paths of life”. Then the psalmist says, “you will fill me with joy in your presence.” He even adds to all that these hopeful words that we will have “the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father and poured him forth as you see and hear.” In the second reading, 1 Peter 1:17-21, he proclaims that we have “the precious blood of Christ.” Finally, back to the two on the road to Emmaus, they received a burst of real help because Jesus comes and walks amongst them. He sits down and teaches them and finally, they recognize Him in the “breaking of the bread.” We like to think that this is the blessing of Holy Communion. So Church, enjoy your reflection on your own Road to Emmaus that has hope and victory! Alleluia!
Love, Father Bob