Around the table of the Word and the table of the Eucharist

The word of God for the Third Sunday of Easter presents to us the journey of the disciples on the road to Emmaus. This journey reveals to us how the Risen Lord never abandoned his friends who were buried in total disappointment after his crucifixion in Jerusalem. If we carefully make the journey of the disciples, we shall notice the basic structure of what happens whenever we gather together for the Eucharist. The Risen Lord encounters us in the two tables of the Word and Eucharist.

Read more: 3rd Sunday of Easter homily

The mercy of God re-creates

Today we celebrate the second Sunday of Easter also known as Sunday of the Divine Mercy. In his writing to launch the extraordinary jubilee year of mercy, misericordiae vultus, Pope Francis invited us to contemplate the mystery of God’s mercy: “It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life.

Read more: 2nd Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy)

Theme: Death has been defeated

This is a great night, what does it communicate to you?  When God made us he drew us from the depths of the immense ocean of his love. He set us on this earthly shore and invited us, by means of a deeply embedded desire for him, to freely return to him in love. From the very beginning our existence therefore, our deepest essence, was ordered to a relationship with God.

Read more: Holy Saturday Midnight Mass - Jesus Christ is risen from the dead

 

Theme: Good news today

Since Ash Wednesday, today we climax into the joy of Easter Sunday. The Holy Bible narrates that after His crucifixion and his hasty burial; members of the Sanhedrin received shocking news that the itinerant teacher and healer was alive and his tomb had been found empty, while others were spreading news that  Jesus had appeared and talked  to them.

Read more: Easter Sunday

Today is the day when despair and hope meet to decide the fate of humanity. Today we are invited to make a choice and take a stand to stay with or to move away from Jesus. The usual homilies have less to clarify since the way of the Cross is enough. I pick seven words that may provoke us to retrace where our hope has disappeared so that we may return on the right truck.

Read more: Good Friday with seven last words that matter

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