THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
THE BIBLE AND THE EUCHARIST
April 24, 2019
Today’s gospel: Luke 24:13-35
The encounter of two disciples with Jesus on the road to Emmaus
tells us about two crucial aspects of our life of faith, by
which we get to meet and know Christ. It is not enough that
we are Christians, as we see that there are many lapsed or
cultural Catholics, and many who do not really relate to Jesus
as Savior and Lord.
The first is the Bible. This is the very word of God. We are
to read it, meditate on it, study it, and base our lives on
it. Unfortunately, many lay Catholics do not really get into
the Bible. How can we truly know Christ if we do not read
the word of God? The whole Bible is about the salvific work
of God, centered on the life and ministry of Jesus. It is
Jesus himself speaking to us about the plan and work of God
in the lives of His people. “Then beginning with Moses
and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred
to him in all the scriptures.” (v.27).
word of God is a two-edged sword that cuts through our very
being. Its words are transformative and empowering. The Bible
is our guide, instruction and inspiration. It is the very
wisdom of God. It is what can set our hearts on fire with
zeal for Christ and his work. “Were not our hearts burning
within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures
to us?” (v.32).
must read the Bible each and every day, with appropriate meditation
on what we have read. We must take time to study it. St Jerome
says that ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ. So
how can we be for Christ and do the work of Christ if we do
not really know what is in the Bible, which is God’s
The second crucial aspect of our life of faith is the Eucharist.
This is the celebration of the central aspect of our faith,
the sacrificial offering of Jesus on the cross, which gave
us our salvation. It is also the very unique instance when
we receive the very body and blood of Jesus, without which
we do not have life within us. But many lay Catholics do not
go regularly to Sunday Mass. So they are like the walking
only that, how can they really know Jesus, when he is “made
known to them in the breaking of the bread” (v.35b)?
Many Catholics do not know Jesus and have not truly encountered
the risen Lord. They go about the motions of being Christians
but without the essence of it. The disciples on the road to
Emmaus were with Jesus but did not recognize him. They only
recognized him when, “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
it is not just going to Mass to fulfill an obligation. It
is going to Jesus each and every week, recounting and commemorating
his sacrifice on the cross, and being continually formed in
the faith. Among the crucial elements are the following
of sin, both of commission and omission.
reminded that we are to forgive others if we expect to be
forgiven by God.
Imploring the mercy of God.
Receiving the very body and blood of Jesus. How awesome
Extending the peace of Christ to all, especially to brethren
Being sent off at the end of Mass to go and do God’s
Imagine going to Jesus each and every week, being continually
reminded of who we are to be and what we are to do? That is
the pathway to holiness. If we truly understand what is happening
during the Eucharistic celebration, and if we participate
fervently, we cannot not change for the better. The fullness
of God’s grace is poured out on us.
So in both the Bible and the Eucharist, we get to really know
Jesus. God has offered us these two great gifts for our Christian
walk. As it was with the two disciples, “Jesus himself
drew near and walked with them.” (v.15b). These are
the two ways by which we go beyond our personal opinions and
directions, beyond our endless discussions and arguments,
as we go about “conversing and debating.” (v.15a).
With the Bible and the Eucharist, God is able to cut through
the darkness, the veil that blinds us, by which “their
eyes were prevented from recognizing him.” (v.16).
in these times of great darkness in the world, where we face
daunting challenges and encounter suffering, when we see growing
apostasy and persecution of Christians throughout the world,
we can be easily discouraged. Many walk through life “looking
downcast.” (v.17b). Some even give up on their faith.
So we need to understand what the Christian life is all about,
and what salvation is all about. “Was it not necessary
that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into
his glory?” (v.26). We are to walk in the way of Jesus.
But we are assured that crucifixion and death are just a prelude
to resurrection and glory.
use of what God has providedthe Bible and the Eucharist.
Otherwise, we will remain in our own ignorance and hardness
of heart. Then you might hear Jesus say to you, “Oh,
how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that
the prophets spoke!” (v.25).
let us be the ones to say, “The Lord has truly been