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“The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way, and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of bread.”  Luke 24:35

Have you ever stopped to notice where people encountered Jesus? 

It’s often in the humble, ordinary moments of life… while people are at work—maybe fishing; while they’re gathered with family and friends—remember the wedding feast of Cana? Even while they’re traveling from one town to another—as in the story of the Good Samaritan.  Then there’s the story of the Walk to Emmaus… the resurrected Christ meeting two of his disciples and changing their lives, and ours, forever.

The two men were saddened by the loss of Jesus. Where was God’s purpose in the Crucifixion?  As they walked to Emmaus, Jesus appeared in their midst.  When they arrived in Emmaus, Jesus took bread, blessed it, and gave it to the disciples.  At that moment, they recognized him as their risen Lord.  Their spirits were renewed.  They returned to Jerusalem filled with a desire to witness the Gospel and the living presence of Christ.

Emmaus is a reminder of the many pathways to God.  In the ordinary activity of everyday life, Jesus is always present if we are open to receiving him and sharing him with a world anxious for healing.  That ordinary activity of ours could be anything from shopping and running errands to waiting on line or saying the Rosary on Zoom with a parish prayer group.   

Finding Christ in the simple journeys of everyday life is especially comforting right now.  Who hasn’t experienced isolation in the past year?  It’s been so much harder to attend Mass and receive the Sacraments, harder to get together with family and friends.  But that doesn’t mean that Jesus has abandoned us.  Quite the opposite.  What the disciples experienced on the road to Emmaus was the enduring presence of our God, always at hand, especially in the most

difficult moments. 

Friend, the words of today’s Gospel are a comfort and a consolation.  Receive the gift of our Risen Christ knowing that you are never alone, never without the strength you need to love and serve the Lord… just like the disciples who found Christ on the road to Emmaus.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

Third Sunday of Easter

When all hope had vanished and

all our dreams destroyed,

you came to us, Lord Jesus,

as a stranger on the road

who opened the scriptures to us.

How our hearts burned within us

as You taught us it was necessary

for the Messiah to suffer and die!

At table after giving thanks to God

you broke bread and bid us take and eat

and our eyes were opened and

our spirits soared with the Good News:

You are risen! Your presence and perfect love

cast out all fear from our hearts

as we ran to share the Good News.

Help us, Risen Lord, to seek and find

You in the ordinary places and events of life.

Come to us in our everyday activities

so we might see there is no work so small,

no task so insignificant that it cannot be dedicated

to Your kingdom when performed with love.

Amen

Prayer by Maryknoll Missioner, Father Joseph Veneroso

ABOUT MARYKNOLL

We are a Catholic Society of priests and brothers based in the United States. We are dedicated to missionary work overseas in over 20 countries. Additionally, we animate Catholics in the United States to follow their own baptismal call to share God’s compassion and love with the poor, the sick, and all those in need.

OUR GENERAL COUNCIL

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Fr. James M. Lynch, Fr. Lam M. Hua, Fr. Lance P. Nadeau, Fr. Timothy O. Kilkelly)

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is overseen by our General Council, led by Superior General Rev. Lance P. Nadeau, M.M.

OUR FOUNDERS

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Our Co-Founders Father Price and Father Walsh)

PLACES WE SERVE

EVANGELIZATION, PARISHES, AND PROJECTS

USA

STORIES OF MISSION

(Africa) Education and Formation of African Clergy

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Africa Region will provide tuition assistance to African clergy, male and female religious at institutes of higher education or specialized training. Read More

Stories of Our Global Mission

The calling of a lifetime

The life of a Maryknoll missioner is challenging, fulfilling, and deeply rewarding. Follow your baptismal call to mission by sharing God’s compassion with the poor, the sick, and people most in need.

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier
“Go where you are needed but not wanted, and stay until you are wanted but not needed.”
– Bishop James E. Walsh, M.M.
First Maryknoll Bishop
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