Today’s homily notes are for 23rd Sunday of Easter, April 23, 2023, and the readings can be found by clicking here. The video of the homily is here soon.
My first visit to Campus Crusade. No Bible.
I fell in love with Jesus in the Scriptures. There is real power in the Scriptures. The story of Jesus is powerful. The name of Jesus is powerful!
The Gospel according to St. Luke begins like this:
Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received. – LK 1:1-4
Reading 1 Acts 2:14, 22-33
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed: “You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem. Let this be known to you, and listen to my words! – Speaks of their Patriarch, King David.
Gospel Lk 24:13-35
Two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the Scriptures.
while he was 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.
“Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of God. -St. Jerome
We ought not, as soon as we leave church, to plunge into business unsuited to church, but as soon as we get home, we should take the Scriptures into our hands, and call our wife and children to join us in putting together what we have learned. -St. John Chrysostom
For in the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven meets His children with great love and speaks with them; and the force and power in the word of God is so great that it stands as the support and energy of the Church, the strength of faith for her sons, the food of the soul, the pure and everlasting source of spiritual life. DV 21