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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Christ is risen from the dead
and will die no more.
He awaits us in Galilee!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke 24,35-48

Then they told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread.

They were still talking about all this when he himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you!'

In a state of alarm and fright, they thought they were seeing a ghost.

But he said, 'Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts stirring in your hearts?

See by my hands and my feet that it is I myself. Touch me and see for yourselves; a ghost has no flesh and bones as you can see I have.'

And as he said this he showed them his hands and his feet.

Their joy was so great that they still could not believe it, as they were dumbfounded; so he said to them, 'Have you anything here to eat?'

And they offered him a piece of grilled fish,

which he took and ate before their eyes.

Then he told them, 'This is what I meant when I said, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets and in the Psalms, was destined to be fulfilled.'

He then opened their minds to understand the scriptures,

and he said to them, 'So it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,

and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

You are witnesses to this.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Christ is risen from the dead
and will die no more.
He awaits us in Galilee!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Once more the Gospel reading brings us to the end of Easter day. The two disciples on the way to Emmaus have just arrived at the cenacle to tell the disciples all about "what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread." The apostles, who were still frightened, locked themselves in the upper room. That room was certainly full of memories, but it risked becoming a closed and protective place. Their fear was something that all of us know well: how many times do we close the door of our heart, home, group, community, and family out of fear of losing something or just out of the desire of staying tranquil! But the Risen One continues to be with us, even placing himself at the centre, not to the side like one person among others, like one word spoken among others. He enters and comes to the centre, like a Word that saves. And his first words after the resurrection are a greeting of peace: "Peace be with you!" The disciples, seized by fear and resignation, take him for a ghost. First they had heard it from the women, but their distance from Jesus during the days of his Passion had obfuscated their minds and hardened their hearts. The evangelist seems to suggest that incredulity always takes hold of the disciples every time they distance themselves from Jesus and allow themselves to be overcome by fear. But Jesus immediately says: "Peace be with you!" These are the first words of the Risen, as if to say that the first fruit of resurrection is peace. Certainly it is not the peace of one’s own tranquillity but the peace that rises from the love for others. Yes, the peace of Easter makes us leave ourselves and go towards others. Easter’s peace is a new energy of love that covers the world. The apostles think that this is impossible. Jesus was definitely dead, his word had been killed for ever. He would rise from death. This is what he told them many times but they did not believe it. They are afraid at his sight. They think that a ghost has appeared to them. But Jesus lovingly rebukes them: "Why are you frightened?" And he repeats to them what he had told them in the past: they would put him to death and yet he would rise from the dead. How many times we do not believe Jesus’ words and when they are reproposed to us we think they are absurd, like a ghost! The Gospel creates a new reality, a new community that is real and made of people who were scattered and afraid, but after listening to the gospel they gather together in a new fraternity. This is what happened that day with Jesus, who was eating with them: the life of the years before Jesus’ death and resurrection was continuing. That meal continued like those had with Jesus before. This is also what happens to us every time we gather around the altar of the Lord to break his very body.

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