Opening Up for Jesus

Luke 24: 35-48
Acts 3:11-26 / Ps 8

You are witnesses of these things.
(Luke 24:48)

What kind of witnesses are we?
Why are we troubled and in doubt?
Let Jesus in and we shall see
All our weaknesses and fears fly out.

The two disciples to whom Jesus had appeared on the road to Emmaus were relating their experience to the apostles when the Lord suddenly appeared in their midst. They were so startled and unbelieving that Jesus had to ask for something to eat in order to show them that He was indeed in the flesh before them, and not a ghost.

Then He opened their minds and revealed everything to them about Himself as prophesied in the Scriptures from the time of Moses and the prophets. He said to them: “Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins in His name would be preached to all the nations, beginning with Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things” (Lk.24:45-48).

Reflection

Jesus always “broke bread” with His disciples to make them feel comfortable with Him, because eating is an act of love, vitality and camaraderie. Most of us in our brotherhood feel “at home” in our Saturday breakfast meetings, where assigned speakers give an account of their life as testimony to God’s transforming power. Passages quoted from Holy Scriptures are always used as reference points in their life’s sharing. It is in this kind of culture where we discovered how fulfilling it was to open up about our faith, and how joyful to be inspired by the Holy Spirit to deliver God’s message through one’s life sharing. How fortunate are those so privileged to proclaim the Word of God in their assemblies.

It is the Scriptures that enable us to understand God’s ways, and it is our faith in God that makes us keep going back to Scriptures. How pitiable are those who do not open their Bibles to know more about God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Their minds will always remain closed, and the grace of God’s understanding and wisdom will not be able to enter their hearts.

We thank you, Lord God, for giving us the Holy Scriptures as the guidebook of our life. Your Word is a comfortable cushion to fall back on in times of crises and difficulties. It provides us wisdom, consolation, and understanding, that enable us to persevere in our faith, and to hope that all things will come out for the good, for all who believe in Your Word. Amen.

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