“He said to them, ‘What are you discussing as you go your way?’ They halted in distress, and one of them, Cleopas by name, asked him, ‘Are you the only resident of Jerusalem who does not know the things that went on there these past few days?’ He said to them, ‘What things?’ They said: ‘All those that had to do with Jesus of Nazareth, a prophet powerful in word and deed in the eyes of God and all the people; how our chief priests and leaders delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. We were hoping that he was the one who would set Israel free.”
Just as you grieve the loss of someone close to you, might not the disciples have felt the same way after the crucifixion of Jesus—their good friend, the one in whom they hoped?
Spend some moments with this passage in light of so many homicides happening in our country.
Live your baptismal call to compassion as you send up prayer on behalf of those gunned down and their survivors.
Heritage word—“The watchful person has a ready heart, keeping vigil, waiting expectantly for the Mystery of God to unfold.”
(Sr. Mary Louise Ann, 8th Provincial of the Toledo Province)