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19 And he replied to them, “What sort of things?” They said to him, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. 21 But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place. 22 Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:


they


were at the tomb early in the morning 23 and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive. 24 Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women had described, but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them “Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! 26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to


them what referred to him in all the scriptures. 28 As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave


the impression that he was going on farther. 29 But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the


day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. 31 With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. 32 Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning (within


us) while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” REFLECTION:


Jesus came to his disciples in a new and different way after the resurrection. They were expecting the same Jesus of Nazareth that they had known before. The person who came to them on the road was indeed the same Jesus but now he was the Risen Lord. There is no clear scientific way to explain this new way Jesus had of being present. His resurrected body was not like anything else in creation. The disciples came to realize that this person was indeed Jesus, present to them in a new way. They rejoiced in his new presence. How do we rejoice in his presence to us today?


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