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I just love today's Gospel. It is one of my favorite stories in all of scripture. It is one of those stories that can be looked at from a thousand angles, somehow offering the possibility of a brand-new revelation each time!
And, as usual, as I was participating in its proclamation at Mass today, it did not disappoint. This time my new angle came through the deep insight of our presiding priest. Although I won't go into into his homily (which I wish I could post here...it was just that good!), I really feel called to share his main point with you.
In a comparison with a Sherlock Holmes story, Father brought to life a truth that we all experience daily: in any given situation, the facts involved can be absolutely the same, but viewed so differently that an outcome can be completely affected.
In the case of the Apostles and followers on the road to Emmaus, they were aware of the facts. They had lived them! They knew the basic story of Jesus - his life, death, and now proposed rising, just as deeply as they knew the stories of scripture and its prophetic words told throughout the ages. Growing up, they had heard the prophesies over and over again, and now they had personally lived as participants in the story of Jesus. The facts were there. So what were they missing? Why were the facts not making sense in light of the news that Jesus had resurrected?
When the "stranger" walked with them on the road, He also had the facts. But due to His point of view as the victim and the One who had fulfilled the prophesies, He understood the connections, could see the timeline, and could recognize each and every utterance as part of the Master Plan. Because of this, He was able to explain and reveal another perception of the facts, one that included the "reading between the lines" factors that the Apostles were missing. That's why their hearts burned within them. Revelation had come to the forefront, opening their eyes to a reality and truth that had previously been beyond their imagining.
And, as if this wasn't enough, Jesus made manifest all that they had been learning by revealing Himself to them at the breaking of the bread. How awesome!!!
In reflecting, I couldn't help but consider my understanding of the Old Testament. How would I read and view it without the lens of the New Testament? Would it be similar to how the Jewish people view it today? An unexpected feeling of relief came over me as I pondered, followed quickly by a wave of deep gratitude. I am so incredibly blessed to have the ability to see scripture through the lens of Jesus' revelations!
We've all heard the familiar phrase, "Jesus changes everything."
I'm sure that the Apostles and followers of Jesus on the road to Emmaus would fervently agree!
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