Catholic homily for Wednesday within the Octave of Easter
Theme: JOURNEY WITH THE LORD….. “Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him”
By: Fr. Xavier PAGÉS i Castañer
Homily for Wednesday April 7 2021
Today «is the day when the Lord has acted: Let us rejoice and be glad in it!» (Ps 117:24). This is how we are invited to say the liturgy of these days of the Octave of Easter. Let us rejoice in knowing that today and forever the risen Jesus stands among us. He walks with us on the journey. But we must let him open our eyes of faith for us to realize He is present in our lives. He wants us to enjoy his company complying with what He said to us: «And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age» (Mt 28:20).
Let us walk in the hope we have, in the knowledge that the Lord will help us to find a meaning in everything. Particularly, when —as with the disciples at Emaus— we have to endure difficulties, setbacks, dejection… In front of the different events we should know how to listen to his Word, that will bring us to interpret them in the light of God’s project of salvation. Even though, at times, wrongly, we may think He is not listening to us, He never forgets us; He always talks to us. We may, however, be lacking the good disposition necessary to listen, meditate and contemplate what He wants to say.
In the varied environment where we may live, we often find people living, in the ignorance of God, a meaningless life. Thus, it is convenient that we understand our responsibility to become useful tools for our Lord to be able, through us, to come close and walk along with those around us. Let us seek how to make them well aware of their condition of sons of God and of the fact that Jesus loves us so much that He not only died and rose for us, but also He decided to stay with us for ever in the Holy Eucharist. It was when He broke the bread that those disciples at Emaus realized it was Jesus who was sitting beside them.
Fr. Xavier PAGÉS i Castañer