Message from Fr. Tony – 04.18.21

MESSAGE FROM FR. TONY: One of my favorite Bible passages is the meeting with Jesus by two of his disciples on
the road to Emmaus. My dear brothers and sisters, we are like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, living our lives in the
real world, walking along with Jesus who is always there accompanying us on the road, whether we recognize Him or not. He
listens to us, and understands us, because He became like us, in all things but sin; as the author of the letter to the Hebrews
tells us.
In the light of the meeting with the Lord in the breaking of the bread, their eyes were opened. So it is meant to be with
each one of us. The Holy Eucharist is more than a commemoration; it is an invitation into communion with the Living God –
right now because Jesus Christ is Risen from the dead and walks with us on the road of life. In the Sacred Humanity of Jesus
Christ, we can also begin to see who we are called to become as we grow in continual communion with Him. In this
encounter with the Risen Lord, made present at every Eucharistic celebration, we receive the grace we need to begin to walk
the road of our daily lives differently because we have seen the Risen Lord! He walks with us on our own road to Emmaus.
We learn to recognize Him, in the breaking of the bread.
In most families it is the “breaking of bread,” the sharing together of a meal, where we are most “at home.” For me, as a
priest, an invitation to a meal is an honor, because I am invited to join the family in its most personal and intimate union.
Plus, I get to see how people really are, without the spit and polish of Sunday morning!
Let’s invite Jesus into our lives to be the “unseen guest” who comes to us sometimes in a surprising way. Jesus said it
best “Come and dine,” at the table of the Lord, and again: “Behold I stand at the door and knock, if any man opens the door,
I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me.” Fr. Tony