He opened their minds

Published April 8, 2021, 12:12 AM

by Manila Bulletin

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On the road to Emmaus and later in the cenacle in Jerusalem, Jesus explains that what had happened in the last three days—his passion, death, and resurrection—had been written in Scriptures. This does not mean that the Old Testament has the “career” of Jesus already presented in detail. It means that for Luke, the Law and the Prophets and the Psalms are enlightened by what God had done in Jesus. Jesus is the fulfillment of Scriptures. Luke presents the Scriptures as pointing to Jesus—but one must open his mind to this understanding. The Holy Spirit makes this possible, and so do believers enlightened by him.

GOSPEL • LUKE 24:35-48

The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way, and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread.

While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them.

He said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

SOURCE: “365 Days with the Lord 2021,” ST. PAULS, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 632-895-9701; Fax 632-895-7328; E-mail: [email protected]; Website: http://www.stpauls.ph.

 
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