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3rd Sunday of Easter
He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. (Luke 24:45)
We all know what it feels like when we finally understand something we have previously doubted or haven’t fully grasped. It’s like having a little light go on in our heads. When Jesus opened the minds of his disciples, he was showing them that everything was going to be all right. He had risen from the dead, and he was in control. There was nothing to be afraid of.
So what exactly did Jesus tell them? It’s anybody’s guess. All Luke tells us is that Jesus showed them how the Scriptures were fulfilled through him. Perhaps he walked them through the story of Adam and Eve. Maybe he talked about the events that pointed to his mission: about Abraham’s sacrifice of his son Isaac; about Moses, the Passover lamb, and the Israelites’ deliverance from slavery; or about the rite of atonement in the Book of Leviticus.
Maybe Jesus spoke about the suffering servant who was pierced for our transgressions (Isaiah 53:5). Or maybe he talked about the words of the prophet Zechariah, who said that God will pour out his Spirit as his people look on one whom they have pierced and “mourn for him as one mourns for an only child” (Zechariah 12:10). Whatever he said, Jesus filled them all with joy and deepened their faith. Each story brought them more clarity about God’s plan.
Likewise, Jesus wants to open our minds. He wants to tell us that the feast we celebrated two weeks ago is the fulfillment of God’s plan for his people—of his plan for each of us. It was foretold in the Old Testament and fulfilled in Christ. And one day, when he comes again, we will see the completion of this plan as sin and suffering are done away with forever.
Today at Mass, ask Jesus to open your eyes so that you can see this magnificent plan more clearly. Then let what you see propel your faith to a new level, just as it did for the disciples two thousand years ago.
“Open my eyes, Lord, to your glorious plans.”
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-9; 1 John 2:1-5
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