Today the Church hears the Luke account of the two disciples who encounter the Risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus. In his conversation with the two disciples, Jesus recalls the scriptures that refer to him and how they were fulfilled in his death and resurrection. (Liturgy of the Word) Still not recognizing him, but truly enjoying his presence and conversation, they invite him to stay with them. As Jesus breaks bread with them, and give thanks, they recognize him! (Liturgy of the Eucharist)
There are many reasons for us to regularly celebrate Mass together – to hear the Word of God and to receive the presence of the Risen Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist – but this Gospel story from Luke makes it explicitly clear how the Christ comes to us in each Eucharistic celebration.
One of the precepts of the Church is minimally, we are to receive the Eucharist once during the Easter season. In this year of COVID, when there are still concerns about transmitting or catching the virus, it is understandable if some wish to avoid the crowds – even in church, where we have proven the capacity to gather safely for months. Just know, ANY Mass you attend between now and Pentecost will meet the ‘Easter obligation’ to attend Mass and receive the Eucharist.
We are still celebrating the Year of the Eucharist in the Archdiocese of Seattle. It is an opportune time to renew our devotion for this great Sacrament. In the coming weeks, we will release seven videos made to educate on various aspects of the Eucharist. Below you can watch the first video of a conversation with a young adult, speaking about the aspect of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
I also encourage you to visit our website dedicated to this Eucharistic video initiative. A special ‘thank you’ to the Ferry Foundation for providing the funding for this exciting production! Another ‘thanks’ to the three young adults who agreed to participate in these conversations.0