Scripture of the Week
Mass Readings—Third Sunday of Easter
The Acts of the Apostles, chapter two, verses fourteen & twenty-two thru thirty-three;
Psalm Sixteen, verses one & two, five, seven & eight, nine & ten, & eleven;
The First Letter of Peter, chapter one, verses seventeen thru twenty-one;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter twenty-four, verses thirteen thru thirty-five.
Commentary: Video Easter Gospel reflection by Jeff Cavins: Encountering the Word.
Easter Gospel reflection by Bishop Robert Barron:
Friends, today’s Gospel is one of the greatest stories ever told: the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. It is a story of the Church and its mission, and therefore it speaks to us all. On the day of new creation they are walking in precisely the wrong direction, away from Jerusalem. You won’t see Jesus if you look away from his cross and resurrection.Bible Study
Next, “Jesus himself drew near and walked with them.” Jesus is always with the Church, even when it strays, patiently trying to lure it back in the right direction. Then Jesus does for them what he does for us: he interprets the meaning of his own life. The opening move of the liturgy is just this. We read the Old and New Testaments in light of Jesus, Christ himself providing the interpretive key.
The disciples invite Jesus to come in and have supper with them. As he had done the night before he died, he “took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.” This is the great Eucharistic action of the Church: Jesus offering his very self to us, presenting sacramentally the drama of his death and resurrection.
The Book of Isaiah, chapter sixty-six, verses one thru six;
The Book of Isaiah, chapter fifty-five, verses six thru thirteen;
The Book of Joel, chapter three (verses one thru five).
Commentary: True & False Worship (Isaiah, 66:1-6), An Invitation to Grace (Isaiah, 55:6-13), & Blessings for God's People (Joel, 3)
Otherwise, 30 April would be the festival of Saint Pius V, Pope, O.P. (1504-1572), two hundred twenty-fifth Bishop of Rome: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.
Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
Pope St. Pius V was born near Alessandria in Italy in 1504. He entered the Dominican Order & taught theology. After being ordained a bishop & named a cardinal, he became pope in 1566. He vigorously implemented the reform of the Church begun at the Council of Trent, promoted the spread of the faith & renewed the liturgy. he died on 1 May 1572.'Twould also be the festival of Saint Marie of the Incarnation, Religious, O.S.U. (1599-1672): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.
'Twould also be the festival of Saint Giuseppe Benedetto Cottolengo, Priest (1786-1842, Anglicized as Joseph Benedict), founder of the Little House of Divine Providence, nicknamed the "University of Charity:" Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.