Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence. Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.”
Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
In today’s Gospel, the resurrected Jesus explains to the disciples how he is the fulfilment of Scripture. Believing that his wounds were not evidence enough, Jesus reveals the full significance of what has happened. Having been thus enlightened, the disciples are now to be witnesses to the Resurrection.
We Christian believers are also called to be witnesses. How seriously do we take this responsibility? During our daily routines we must ask ourselves, “Am I accomplishing this duty entrusted to me? Have I taken the time to notice, understand, and witness to Jesus’ continual revelation through Scripture, Sacraments, and prayer?
We are all witnesses of Christ’s selfless sacrifice and glorious resurrection. Then what are we doing to show our gratitude and appreciation? When the disciples realize the fullness of what Christ has done their life and mission change completely. Last week we once again celebrated this event. Has our mission changed?
—Brian Cisneros is a 9th Grade student, Verbum Dei High School, Los Angeles, CA.
Lord, these days of Easter, teach me to be generous,
to serve you as as you deserve:
to give and not to count the cost;
to fight and not to heed the wounds
to toil and not to seek for rest;
to labor and not to ask for any reward,
but that of knowing that I do your will.
—St. Ignatius Loyola