“Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.”

We pick up today with the last verse from yesterday’s gospel passage (Lk 24:35-48).  As the disciples are recounting their Emmaus Road experience to the Eleven, Jesus appears in the midst of all of them.  They think they are seeing a ghost but Jesus admonishes them for their unbelief, telling them to observe His wounds and inviting them to touch Him if they must.  He even asks for and eats a piece of fish.  As is written above, He then enlightens them to the Scriptures and tells them that “repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (v. 47) is to be preached to all nations.  Note the sequence: 1) fear and doubt replaced by 2) belief in the reality of the Risen Lord 3) disposes us to be open to the truth of divine revelation 4) enabling us to proclaim the Good News to every person.  May we never be swayed by those who consider inconsequential — or flat out deny — the historicity of the Resurrection.  Without it, our faith is in vain (cf. 1 Cor 15:14).  Rather, let us unhesitatingly affirm this reality and all truth of this and the entire Sacred Deposit of the Faith Christ entrusted to the Church and which is safeguarded by the Holy Spirit.  Having and proclaiming the fullness of the Truth will draw many who have recognized the lies the world tells to embrace the fulfillment that Reality brings.  Never give anything less than a full-throated exposition of that Reality.

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