For your assistance in praying with the Church community this week, the liturgical Sunday readings read at all the masses are provided below, with some suggestions of activities that you and your family might do during the week to help sustain the messages of the Sunday gospel.
Please let us know if these suggestions are helpful for you or your family.
April 19, 2015, 3rd Sunday of Easter
"They recounted what had happened on the road and how they had come to know him in the breaking of the bread." (Luke 24:35)
1 John 2:1-5a
Gospel Luke 24:35-48 Click Here for Readings
REFLECTION: Jesus broke the bread at Emmaus and the two disciples recognized him. Breaking bread is an ordinary, everyday activity, the sort we perform all the time. But it was also symbolic of the breaking of the Eucharist and of the breaking of Jesus on the cross. At the Last Supper and on Calvary, Jesus was recognized as the Son of God by those present.
PRAYER: Father, fill us with faith in your Son, Jesus. May we see him and greet him in every breaking of bread. When life at our table becomes strained and difficult, may he show himself to us and turn our fighting into loving. Amen.
Monday: Think today of the everyday activities in which your family might see Jesus in you.
• Serving others
• Helping with homework
• Listening to problems
• Comforting someone
• Giving up something
Tuesday: Watching TV tonight, pick a show or commercial and reflect on the values presented. How does it present the human person?
Pray the family rosary today for the families of those in the military, all the families from various countries involved in crises away from home.
Thursday: Read aloud at the family meal the gospel of this week, Luke 24:35-48.
Friday: Provide bread today to those in need, a food pantry, mission or other shelter.
Saturday: Take a walk today with Jesus. Invite him to stay at your home.
PRAYER: Lord, you show us the path of life. Therefore, our hearts are glad and our souls rejoice. Our bodies too, abide in confidence. We have fullness of joy in your presence. You show us the path of life. Amen.
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