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9 The Message  for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Commentary" reality of the resurrection: An agenda for the disciples for 1994, Third Sunday of B, Luke 24:35-48. story begins with the end- encounter of Jesus with en route from to Eramaus. At first not know who Jesus was. him "in the break- For Luke that wn and is pre- action. can be known to those accept his presence as disciples did. from their sight they return to There they find the Eleven and other who told them that Jesus had al- to Simon Peter. The two Emmaus then related their own story. moment Jesus suddenly stands r normal reaction is one of fear. :to calm them by assuring them that he is He shows them the wounds of his L.He invites them to touch him. They still , who always excuses the disciples of s" failings, writes: "They disbelieved out trange motive for lack of faith. Earlier, in Luke excused the disciples for falling o Jesus' agony: "Jesus found them 1S " orrow. Jesus now outhnes the mission to the world. First importance of the Hebrew Scriptures, how every word those Scrip- him had to be fulfilled. He opens to Understand the Scriptures. That un- By FATHER DON DILGER COLUMNIST derstanding is to be the basis of their preaching. What are they to preach? Repentance and forgive- ness of sins to all nations starting from Jerusalem. They are wit- nesses for him. We know that it was the prac- tice in ancient times when writing what was then called history or bi- ography to write speeches for the characters who are actors in that history or biography. Those speeches were thought to express not only what the speaker may have said but what the author of the history many years later thought the speaker would have or should have said. Thus we see differences in the commission that Jesus gives in Matthew, in Luke, and in John. We should therefore ask: "What is Luke's idea of the agenda Jesus left for his disciples?" The story Luke constructs for today's gospel reading contains various points. The first is the problem of lack of belief in Jesus' resurrection. Luke had to contend with the fact that the Gospel of Mark, perhaps the most important Christian document of the time, included no post-resurrec- tion appearances of Jesus to the disciples, only the promise of a meeting with them. Luke needed to amend Mark in this matter. Therefore he records various appearances, just like Paul had done in his Corinthian letters. The matter of doubt had to be confronted. The proof: Jesus shows the disciples the wounds of crucifixion, asks them to touch him, and finally eats some fish in their presence. Luke's second emphasis in this story is the role of the Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament. These Scriptures are to serve as a basis for Christian proclamation. He lists the three parts of those Scrip- tures: the Torah (law of Moses or our Pentateuch); the Prophets, the Psalms. The third part of the Scrip- tures is usually known as the Writings. Because of their importance the Psalms are used to designate all the Writings. In his second book, Acts of Apostles, Luke demonstrates for Christian preachers how to use these three parts of the ancient Scriptures to "prove" the truth and the meaning of Jesus' life, words, and actions. He does this by all the speeches he writes for the various speakers who quote the Old Testament widely. The effectiveness of Christian preaching is measured then and now by a speaker's ability to handle the Scriptures. People expected it in the time of Luke and they expect it from their homilists today. Thus Luke writes: "He opened their : minds to understand the Scriptures." The third emphasis of Luke is repentance, for- giveness of sins. More than any other gospel, Luke includes parables and sayings of Jesus that empha- size the love of God for his human creatures. He in- vites repentance and awaits with love and open arms for those who turn back to him in repentance. 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