This Sunday’s Gospel tells the classic story of the presence of the risen Jesus in the lives of his followers. Two discouraged disciples walk home to Emmaus after Jesus’ death in Jerusalem. A stranger falls in step and helps them see that the Messiah was not to be a triumphant king, but a suffering servant. At supper they recognize the stranger as Jesus in the breaking of the bread. At Mass we listen to the Scripture and we recognize the risen Christ in the community and in the breaking of the Eucharistic bread.
[from Pflaum's The Gospel at Home]
Feast Day: April 27
As the second graders prepare to receive Jesus for the first time, here is the pope's reminder to parents why it is important for children to make their First Communion.
The Regina Caeli (Latin for "Queen of Heaven") is an Easter prayer inviting the Blessed Virgin Mary, and us as well, to rejoice in her Son's resurrection as we pray to God for her assistance on our path of holiness.
This prayer reminds us at Easter, and throughout the year for that matter, of how much we have to be thankful for, even in the midst of our daily trials. When our Lord conquered death in His resurrection he opened the gates of Heaven for us to be able to share Eternal Life with Him there, along with his Mother, the saints, and our loved ones!
Traditionally, this prayer is said from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday in place of the Angelus.
Families, as the domestic church, have the opportunity to make the family meal a time of prayerful encounter with one another and with Jesus. At a family meal we share our experiences of the day and connect them with the experiences of others in the family. We can also enjoy the meal as an opportunity to reflect upon our family life in light of Scripture. At their best our family meals can connect us to Jesus too.
Choose a family meal this week to share one another’s experiences of the week in a special way. Perhaps invite family members to plan and prepare the meal together. Begin the meal by reading today’s Gospel. As you eat, talk together about how the disciples discussed their experiences in Jerusalem and how they came to understand them differently when Jesus interpreted those events in the light of Scripture. Then invite each family member to share the things that are going on in his or her life. Consider what Jesus might say to each person if he were sitting at your dinner table. Conclude with a special prayer after your dinner. Pray a prayer of blessing for each family member, asking that Jesus continue to be present in each person’s life, helping each one to be a better follower of Jesus. Conclude with a Sign of Peace.
[from Loyola Press Sunday Connection]