THE CATHOLIC (ULTIMATE) FRUIT OF BIBLE STUDY

Clergy Corner by Fr. Robert Falabella

The Gospel of this third Sunday of Easter shows two downhearted disciples of Jesus on their way to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus. They were “conversing and debating” among themselves about all that had occurred to “Jesus the Nazarene -- a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people -- how our chief priests and rulers…handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. (They) were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel -- that it is now the third day since this (crucifixion) took place…that some women were at the tomb in the morning and did not find his body -- that they had seen a vision of angels who announced he was alive -- (then  others) went to the tomb and found things as they described, but him they did not see.”

Then the stranger said to them: “Oh, how foolish you are. How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke; was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and the prophets he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures.

Nearing the village, they invited the stranger to dine with them. “While with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight.” And they said to one    another: “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke and opened the scriptures to us?” …and returning to Jerusalem they recounted what had taken place and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

This lesson is clear: The disciples had an academic and worldly understanding of the scripture, but only WHEN BEING IN THE SACRAMENTAL PRESENCE OF JESUS were they enabled to understand and believe the authentic deeper meaning of the Word of God that they had studied. If I find myself wanting to spend more time  before Jesus in the Adoration Chapel and attend often the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, as a result of my Bible studies, I will know that I am having a grace-filled encounter with Christ in my study of Scripture: for its ultimate fruit is the Holy Eucharist!

 

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