It is 15th April 2020. The readings are from Acts 3:1-10; and the Gospel from Luke 24:13-35. In most of us there is a longing to be well or associated with the well-known people of our society. Every believer wants to see Jesus the way they visualized in their minds. It is very seldom we meet people who are willing to experience Jesus in the ordinary, the stranger, the traveler, less-popular. Divinity reveals in an extraordinary way in the ordinary moments of our life. Some of us are looking for instant healing while some others are searching for the Healer. The entire world is at its knees pleading for healing. In another word, the world is in need of a Healer who could deal with this pandemic. What we do not have, we cannot give. Give it to the world the best we have, the best will be experienced by the world around. More we are closer to the Lord; more we wish to share the person of Jesus with the others. It is easy to recognize Jesus inside the Church, as we are waiting to see each other either in the Church or in our school, or in work places. How hard for us all to lead someone to the Risen Lord, when we ourselves have not experienced Him. In the first reading, John and Peter shared something so special. “Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.” (Acts. 3:7). There is an inspiring hymn goes this way: “The world stands in need of liberation, my Lord, it still has to feel your power. The blind and the deaf, the dumb and the maimed, all need to feel your healing touch. The world stands in need of liberation my Lord, it still has to learn to love.” Do we have Jesus to give to the suffering humanity today? The responsorial Psalm praises, “Rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord.” (Ps.105:3). The Gospel details out the intimate experience of meeting the Risen Lord in the Word and at the breaking of the Bread. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “By the Eucharistic celebration we already unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life, when God will be all in all” (no. 1326). The moment we have come closer to the Lord through inhaling the fragrance of the Word of God, we begin to feel, Christ is “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (Jn 1:29) in the breaking of the Bread. The special love of the Father is offered to us in a tangible form by loving the vulnerable mass of our society. “God loves the orphan, the widow, and the stranger.” (Deut. 10:17-19). Just because, “God formed each of us and knows us intimately.” (Ps. 139:13). Just like the disciples at the road of Emmaus, we are all on a journey walking cluelessly without feeling the intimate presence of the Risen Lord because of our grief, pain, loss, and distractions of life. During this Covid-19 pandemic, we too are walking aimlessly and living in tremendous pain. For many of us are under the siege of fear, anxiety and worry not only about the contagiousness of the virus, but losing a job, security, stuck and stranded and hard-earned life is shambling and powerful economies are crumbling down, and dear and near ones are disappearing, the smell of sickness, and death are floating in our thoughts and streets. We must not lose faith in God no matter what we are going through in our life presently. “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. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. (Lk.24:29-31). Having experienced the Lord in the community and in the Eucharistic spiritual communion, we need to lead others to encounter Him. May you all have day full of blessings of good health and longing to share the One whom we have experienced in faith. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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