Lectio Divina for The Third Week of Easter
Read the following Scripture two or three times:
That very day, the first day of the week two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called
Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing
and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with then, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He asked
them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?” They stopped, looking downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, said to
him in reply, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these day?” And he replied to them, “What sort of things?” They said to him, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a
prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a
sentence of death and crucified him. But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is
now the third day since this took place. Some women from our group, however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb
early in the morning and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who
announced that he was alive. Then some of those with us went to the tomb and finding things just as the women had
described, but him they did not see.” And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the
prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Then beginning with
Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the Scriptures. As they approached the village
To which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is
nearly evening and the day is almost over. “ So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on
the way and opened the Scriptures to us?” So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found together the
eleven and those with then who were saying, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” Then the two
recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.
After the reading, take some time to reflect in silence on or more of the following questions:
– What word or words in this passage caught your attention?
– What in this passage comforted you?
– What in this passage challenged you?
Read the Scripture again, followed by this reflection:
What conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord asking of me?
They were conversing about all the things that had occurred. How can I make my words kinder and more
Charitable? When is the last time I discussed my faith with someone?
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory? What suffering is God asking me t bear right now? How can I see Christ in those who are suffering?
He was made known to them in the breaking of bread. How do I demonstrate my faith in and love for the Holy Eucharist? What fruits do I receive in attending Mass?
After a period of silent reflection recite the Lord’s Prayer.
Living the Word This Week
How can I make my life a gift for others in charity?
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