"Were not our hearts burning within us"

The stranger on the road to Emmaus takes the skepticism and curiosity of the disciples and weaves them into the fabric of the Scripture. Jesus challenges them to reinterpret the events of the past days in light of the Scriptures. During the meal He recreated the Last Supper. He took bread, blessed it and gave it to them. And they recognized Him in the breaking of the break, the first Christian name for the Eucharist.

Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions

Third Sunday of Easter, May 4, 2014 (3EasterA)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University

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Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
prayer groups, or for individual prayer.

First Reading

Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2, Verses 14, 22-33

1. Can you see how different Peter’s attitude is in this reading than it was during Jesus’ passion and death? To what do you attribute the change? Can you apply your answer to yourself? In other words, could such a change take place in you?

2. Through the centuries, certain Catholics and Christians have in fact condemned and even persecuted the Jewish people. Some have used Peter’s words as a reason: “This man . . . you killed, using lawless men to crucify him.” Do you see that in this reading that it was God’s plan for Jesus to die, and then to rise again, and that therefore the Jews remain the chosen people of God?

Responsorial Psalms
Psalm 16:  1-2, 5, 7-11

1.  This Psalm alludes to the resurrection of our Lord, who although He descended to the netherworld, came out freely, without undergoing corruption.  Why do you think our Lord had to undergo this journey, and what does his rising unspoiled mean for us?

2.  The psalmist refers to the Lord as his allotted portion and his cup.  Do you see here a reference to the Lord as our source of blessings and salvation?   Describe how you would apply the Lord's portion and His cup to your life.

Second Reading
First Letter of St. Peter, Chapter 1, Verses 17-21

1. In this quotation from the his first letter, Peter speaks of Christ as having been known before the foundation of the world!. Why has such an infinite one been revealed to us, according to Peter?

2. This Second Reading has been called a sermon on hope. Why do you think that is? Do you find it hopeful??

According to Luke, Chapter 24, Verses 13-35

1. Can you relate to any of these in the Gospel story: Confusion of the disciples? Inability to recognize Jesus? Desire to spend more time with a good friend? Sudden realization that the Lord is present?

2. Why were their hearts “burning within them” as they listened? Does your heart ever react to Jesus this way?

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1 comment:

  1. In this psalm David expresses his joy
    and enthusiasm
    for a life lived in the presence of God.
    The psalm is a prayer for safekeeping,
    and David pleads with the Lord
    to protect him from death --
    “Keep me safe, O God; in you I take refuge.”

    God (his Son the Christ)
    is the source of our salvation.
    So long as we choose God
    and follow his Word,
    we too will be offered
    that allotted cup of blessings
    that David refers to,
    “Lord, my allotted portion
    and my cup,
    you have made my destiny secure.”

    But the psalm‘s final verses
    are so powerful
    that they prepare our way
    for belief in eternal life with God.
    Just as the Father
    would not allow His Son’s body
    to see the “pit,“
    or be “corrupted” by death,
    so too he will not abandon us
    to the grave.

    For David and for ourselves,
    with the Lord as our refuge,
    He will “show us the path of life.”
    All we have to do is
    to remember what the psalmist says –
    “I keep the Lord always before me;
    with the Lord at my right hand
    I shall never be shaken.”