3rd Sunday of Easter A20
Life surely takes strange turns. Some of our hopes and dreams have disappeared through circumstances beyond our control; for instance: for seniors in college or high school missing graduation and proms; visiting, in person, the universities to which they might apply; to empty stadiums, arenas, gyms, and running or racing tracks; to being furloughed or let go from a job; to worrying about finances; to carefully avoiding others when going for groceries, desperately searching for paper towels and toilet paper; to on-line instruction; and to attending virtual Masses or prayer groups. Who would have thought?
Cleopas and another disciplecertainly experienced the dashing of all their hopes about Jesus being the one to redeem Israel. Instead he was crucified and died at the hands of their religious leaders despite being considered a “prophet mighty in word and deed before God and all the people”. Some women from their group visited the tomb and claimed they had a vision of angels who announced to them that he was alive. Others went to the tomb and found it just as the women described but caught no sign or sight of Jesus. They had sadly, and maybe tearfully, explained all that to a stranger who joined them on their way home.
After gently chastising them, the stranger interpreted for them scripture passages “beginning with Moses and all the prophets” that referred to Jesus, reigniting the fire that burned so brightly before. They invited him to their abode to share a meal and to continue his instruction. And that was when it happened. He took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them – the first post resurrection Eucharist! They suddenly recognized him in the breaking of the bread; but just as suddenly he vanished from their sight.
We identified with Thomas last week; and so too, we identify with those two disciples this week as we continue our Easter journey together. Perhaps, like them, we need his presence and the Spirit he sent to interpret for us what is happening in the events of our lives. Like them we don’t see the extraordinary in the ordinary things that occur, most often because we do not take the time to reflect of them.
Well, we have the time now. Share with a trusted friend or a spiritual director; ponder in silence the words of Scripture and how they apply to you; invite Jesus and his Spirit to illuminate your mind and heart until we can all meet again to meet Jesus in the breaking of the bread. Always remember that Jesus is a companion traveling along side with us!
 I would like to think the other disciple was his wife.
 It’s an interesting fact that the word “companion” comes from two Latin words “cum” & “panis” which means “with” & “bread”.