Stay With Us

Wednesday of the First Week of Easter


Well, technology failed me today. Once again, I have no audio recording. I will be more attentive tomorrow. In the meantime, you can access my homily and today’s mass at the parish YouTube Channel: St. John the Evangelist Waynesboro.

The story of two disciples encountering the Risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus is the pattern for our personal encounter with him as well. Jesus meets us where we are, grieving, confused, searching, and invites us to share with him the burdens we carry in our hearts, our minds, and our lives. Then he invites us to be aware that God can be found right in the middle of our life experiences. Making use of sacred scripture and engaging our senses and our intellect, he unfolds for us the mystery of God present and active in our lives and in the world. If we are open to hear his voice and receive his message, we experience what the disciples later described as “our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us.”

“Stay with us,” they urged him. And their eyes were opened as he broke bread with them. He the Stranger helped them to see what was right before them, how the experience of community and of welcoming others to that experience is where he is found. And their first impulse was to go back to Jerusalem, the very place they tried to escape, that they might speak of their encounter and be strengthened by the experience of community.

Jesus meets us where we are, right in the midst of our grief, our confusion, our searching. He invites us to encounter him where he still lives even now, in the community of his followers and in the breaking of bread.

This mass was offered for the repose of +Gary Kessler.

Rolo B Castillo © 2020