Third Sunday of Easter 2020: LK 24:13-15, Homily, Prayers of the Faithful, and Art


“On the road to Emmaus” Painting by: Ronald Raab, CSC 2017

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Gospel LK 24:13-35

That very day, the first day of the week,
two of Jesus’ disciples were going
to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them,
“What are you discussing as you walk along?”
They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
“Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
who does not know of the things
that have taken place there in these days?”
And he replied to them, “What sort of things?”
They said to him,
“The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people,
how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
to a sentence of death and crucified him.
But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;
and besides all this,
it is now the third day since this took place.
Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
they were at the tomb early in the morning
and did not find his body;
they came back and reported
that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
who announced that he was alive.
Then some of those with us went to the tomb
and found things just as the women had described,
but him they did not see.”
And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are!
How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
and enter into his glory?”
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them what referred to him
in all the Scriptures.
As they approached the village to which they were going,
he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
But they urged him, “Stay with us,
for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
So he went in to stay with them.
And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other,
“Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
where they found gathered together
the eleven and those with them who were saying,
“The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”
Then the two recounted
what had taken place on the way
and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.



Prayers of the Faithful

Third Sunday of Easter

Let us pray for our Church, that we all may recognize Jesus in the celebration of Eucharist and live as people of hope in our fragile world. May we learn in our isolation a new commitment to offer peace and to live with integrity.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray for the blind, the weary and those who turn their backs on Jesus, that our eyes may rest on his goodness and on his mercy for all people. May we learn to see with eyes of longing and of love.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray that Jesus may embrace our efforts toward reconciliation and peace in all of our relationships. May our families in this time of COVID-19 learn a new reliance of God.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray for our children who have runaway, those who have been trafficked, those who do not believe theirs lives matter. For children who face fear in this time of uncertainty and isolation.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray to recognize the footprints of Jesus in our lives and on our journeys. Let us pray that integrity, consolation, and healing may accompany our lives.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray for all of the unspoken needs of our people in this time of isolation and fear. May those who grieve job loss, health insurance, and adequate housing rest in the assurance of Christ Jesus.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray for our beloved dead, for our loved ones who have journeyed home to heaven. We pray especially for those who have died of COVID-19 and for those who grieve the loss of loved ones.

We pray to the Lord.

2 thoughts on “Third Sunday of Easter 2020: LK 24:13-15, Homily, Prayers of the Faithful, and Art

  1. Comforting reminder of God’s constant presence even when we do not recognize Him in the center of the situation.

  2. May this time of isolation help us to see ourselves and find the burning Love of Jesus in our hearts. Help us Lord to become one with you, a people of Love, Hope and Peace. For this I pray for myself and all people. God help us and Mary guide us.

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