First Reading: Acts 2: 14, 22-33
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 16: 1-2, 5, 7-11
Second Reading: 1 Peter 1: 17-21
Gospel: Luke 24: 13-35
“They saw him, but did not recognize him.” Luke 24: 16
Most of us are familiar with the gospel story of the two disciples meeting Jesus on their walk to Emmanus. These two disciples ministered with Jesus for three years yet when they saw this man they did not recognize him as Jesus. How many times has this happened to you? Your eyes see, but you don’t recognize. Only after Jesus gave the disciples a visible sign did they recognized the man as Jesus.
Each day Jesus is walking with me, yet do I see and recognize him. The rush of the day moves me from one task to another so I can cross that task off of my “to do” list. How many times have I received a visible sign from Jesus, but have not recognized his presence. Have I overlooked Jesus’ presence in the smile offered, the loving arms that embraced me with a hug, the gentle supportive words spoken as I scurry about our day? My eyes see, but I do not recognize!
Prayer: Jesus, slow me down that I may open my eyes to your presence in my life and recognize you through others. Amen
Bernadette Asbach, OSF