Praise the Lord! Halleluja!

Gospel: Luke 24, 13-35

The encounter with the disciples of Emmaus
Extract from "Jesus wischt deine Tränen ab" (Book Pater J Vadakkel P. 38 ff)

Let us consider this situation. Two disciples had a chat about the events of the previous days. Jesus joined them but they did not recognize him. Why did they not recognize Jesus? —

because the eyes of their heart were blind. In their sadness and despondency they did not reckon with Jesus. How often do we behave like these disciples? We don’t have any hope; we think everything is in vain. Do we feel in such situations that Jesus is with us? Jesus simply started a conversation with them. He wanted to know what they were talking about. The disciples were very surprised at this question and Cleopas answered him, ‘You are certainly the only person who does not know what happened three days ago.’ Jesus did not give him an answer, but asked, ‘What happened?’

This is the psychology of Jesus. Jesus knows everything, nonetheless he wants us to tell him our problems and our sufferings. Cleopas briefly told Jesus the main facts, ‘Jesus was a powerful prophet and we hoped that he would be the one to redeem Israel, but he was crucified. His dead body disappeared and women pretended that angels had announced them that he was alive.’ Having attentively listened to his report, Jesus rebuked their incomprehension and revealed himself to them by unfolding them the meaning of the scriptures. The disciples were touched by his presence and by his words. The truth has come in their reach, but they were unable to see through it. What was the problem? They grasped his explanations with their intellect and disregarded the voice of their heart. Only when Jesus broke the bread and they truly recognized him, did they perceive their feelings. Both confirmed that their hearts had burned while Jesus had been talking to them. 

Do we think when we feel bad that Jesus speaks to us and touches us or do we not notice Jesus? How often in the past did Jesus speak to us through our fellowmen? How often were we deaf to his words because our thoughts revolved round ourselves? Nonetheless Jesus accompanies you and is ready to touch you. And he also permits you to touch him.

Entering the Eucharistic
Extract from "Jesus wischt deine Tränen ab" (Book Pater J Vadakkel P. 65)

We are here before the Blessed Sacrament, that is, we are before Jesus and we experience that he is really with us. At each moment, he is blessing us. The graces are flowing in our hearts in two ways. First, the current of grace which is flowing directly from the Blessed Sacrament to us and secondly, the power of the word of God which is coming to us when hearing the biblical passages. The time of adoration is a precious time and you receive special graces.

Come to me all
Extract from "Jesus wischt deine Tränen ab" (Book Pater J Vadakkel P. 67)

Jesus himself invites you not to remain alone in difficult situations, but to address yourself to him: “Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28).

When we follow Jesus’ call, we have to take two steps: The first step is to stay before the Eucharist and the second one is to enter the Eucharist. Why is it important to enter the Eucharist? If we enter the Eucharist, all our problems, our sufferings, tears, anxieties, simply everything will enter the Eucharist.

And how can we enter the Eucharist? Each day we receive the Holy Communion in the Holy Mass. The Eucharist comes in our hearts and if we start a good life, that is, if we pray well, if we love and serve our neighbor, the received Eucharist will bit by bit grow in our heart. Each day the Eucharist will grow and grow and finally the Eucharist will be greater than our body. At that moment we will be in the Eucharist, we will find ourselves at the centre of the Eucharist and so we will live in the Eucharist and Jesus will live in us.