Homily (Reflection) for Easter Wednesday (Octave of Easter: Wednesday) (30th March, 2016) on the Gospel


Acts 3:1-10;
Ps 104:1-4.6-9. (R. v. 3);
Lk 24:13-35.

Topic: Catholic Mass celebrated.

Today’s gospel is a follow-up to the gospel of the Easter vigil of year C (Lk 24:1-12) in which Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and other women went to the tomb to anoint Jesus but met an empty tomb. Their story seemed to both the apostles and their companions an idle tale.

That same day in today’s gospel, two of the disciples were going to Emmaus talking about all that had happened. Jesus joined them and queried, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” Although amazed that someone in Jerusalem could ask such question, they told Jesus all that bothered them. He explained to them everything about Himself based on the scripture. On reaching where they were going, they urged Jesus to stay with them. And they only recognised Jesus when He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.

Catholic Mass is made up of two main parts (liturgies), liturgy of the Word (readings, homily, and general intercessions), and the liturgy of the Eucharist (presentation of the bread and wine, the consecratory thanksgiving, and communion)[1]. And in today’s gospel, Jesus our eternal high priest did it Himself. Hence our topic, Catholic Mass celebrated by Jesus Himself. Jesus is both the victim and the priest in every Mass[2].

It is very important to remind ourselves just three things based on today’s reading. First, it is vital to invite Jesus into our lives and into every situation we find ourselves in. Again, the risen Lord is always present at the Mass as promised, cf. Matt 18:20. And again, each of the two main parts of the Mass is as important as the other. Therefore, both the priests and the congregation must not make light of any.

Bible Reading: 1Cor 11:23-31.

Thought for today: There is power in the Holy Mass.

Let us pray: Eucharistic Jesus, help us to understand and to benefit from every Holy Mass – Amen.

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[1] The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), n. 1346.
[2] CCC, nn. 1367, 1410.

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