Intention: That all people will know greater peace and fulfillment through God’s redeeming grace, especially those who are struggling to find freedom and joy in their lives.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 24:35-48
The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way, and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread.
While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them.
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 and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”
From the Meditation for Quasimodo or Low Sunday | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
On entering the upper room, our Lord radiated such an aura of his divinity that Saint Thomas, unbelieving until then, catching sight of Jesus Christ and of his wounds, was deeply moved, for at that moment Jesus Christ filled him with faith and made him understand in one instant by a vision and deepening of his faith what previously had been hidden from him.
In this way Jesus Christ, entering a soul, raises it so far above all human sentiments, through the faith that enlivens it, that it sees nothing except by the light of faith. No matter what anyone does to such a soul, nothing can disturb its constancy, make it abandon God’s service, or even diminish in the least degree the ardor it feels for God, because the darkness that previously blinded its spirit is changed into an admirable light. As a result, the soul no longer sees anything except by the eyes of faith.
Do you feel that you have this disposition? Pray to the risen Christ to give it to you.
Eternal Father, when your Son laid down his life for us, he showed that there is no sin too great to separate us from you. We come to you today with hearts full of praise and gratitude for your salvation. By the power of your grace, make us worthy of this gift, imitating your Son in his compassion and selflessness for the sake of others. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.