LISTEN: Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Easter — Year A

The two disciples en-route to Emmaus are bewildered, confused, they have been thrown off balance, they are disappointed and hopeless. They are struggling to make sense of what has happened in their world and in their own lives. A stranger comes and walks with them, listens to them, and then he envisions what they cannot.

The stranger’s words are many – this account is rich on many levels: it is an account of companionship, care, enlightening, transition and facing the reality of their disappointment and shattered hopes.

These disciples teach us that, like them, we are powerless over the events taking place around us. We can try to use our technology and sophistication to manage things, but the truth is, like them, we are powerless. We have been thrown off-balance by a pandemic that has taken the world by storm. He may feel their desperation and hopelessness as the world as we know it changes rapidly around us. They teach us, like them, to hand over our powerlessness to someone who, by and large, has become a stranger to our world, one who is not welcome in our socio-political and economic lives.

Our current darkness will only become an enlightened darkness if we embrace our powerlessness and encounter the risen stranger in our midst.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Third Sunday of Easter — Year

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.
Acts 2:14,22-33; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35

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Fr Russell Pollitt SJ

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ is the Director of the Jesuit Institute and is interested in the impact that communications technology has on society and spirituality. He regularly comments on South African Politics and various issues in the Catholic Church.

director@jesuitinstitute.org.za @rpollittsj
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