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/ 1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 -- Commentary .- A short Lucan novel: The road to Emmaus commentary for Third Sunday of Easter, C. Luke 24:13-35. Of our four evangelists Luke by far the best writer. Today he s his skill in the story pies meeting Jesus on road to Emmaus. This was a about seven miles from Jerusalem. As walked along they en- an animated discussion the events of the just com- )ver weekend in A stranger happens He is Jesus but they don't him. He asks them about their conver- and they look dejected. Now Luke gives us the name of one of the . He was Cleopas. We assume this man Was well known in early Christian circles and aeeded no further introduction. This name is close to a name mentioned in John 19:25. At of the cross with the mother of Jesus and Disciple was Mary, sister to Jesus' and therefore Jesus' aunt. Her husband's Clopas. Could Luke's Cleopas be the uncle by marriage? And who )arson traveling with him? Let's assume Aunt Mary who had been at the foot cross in the Gospel of John. They were on home after their Passover observance in with thousands of other pilgrims. No y looked dejected. Their nephew had crucified. )as can hardly believe that this stranger of what had happened in Jerusalem. Let's remember that Luke is writ- ing this little story with a histori- cal core, but especially to teach Christian truths. What follows is a short creed also reflected several times in Luke's other book, Acts of Apostles "Jesus was crucified, died, was buried. On the third day he was to rise again from the dead, that he was to redeem Is- rael." The two travelers seem to have waited in Jerusalem for the resurrection but left disappointed. They relate to the stranger how some women went to the tomb, returned and told Jesus' family and disciples that Jesus was alive. This blew their minds (a correct trans- lation of the Greek verb used here). Some disci- ples went to check out this preposterous story, found the tomb empty, but didn't see Jesus. Jesus now speaks. He calls them mindless and slow because they did not believe the Scriptures, that the Messiah had to suffer these things and thus enter into his glory. Then he opened the Scrip- tures to them through interpreting how the Torah and the prophets pointed to himself. They come to an inn. Jesus pretended to go on. They urged him to stay for the night. He agreed. During their meal Jesus took bread, broke it and gave it to them. They recognized him and he vanished. They remembered "how our hearts were burning while he opened to us the Scrip- tures." They rushed back to Jerusalem and re- ported the whole incident to the eleven apostles and those with them. The key words might be: "He was known to them in the breaking of the bread." When Jesus scolds the two travelers for being mindless and slow to believe the Scrip- tures, Luke is talking to people of his time. The witness of the Scriptures to Jesus as Messiah is very important to Luke's theology. Here he gives us no specific passages from the Scriptures. In his book, Acts of Apostles, he does. We find the same insistence on Jesus fulfilling the words of Moses and the prophets in the other gospels. We assume that they searched intensively for such passages. Even like quoters today, they usually lifted those passages totally out of their original context. Today we would say that Christian teachers and preachers gave those texts a new meaning, to them a fuller meaning. We know from later writings that Christian teachers and writers encountered opposition to their interpre- tation of these ancient texts. Luke here insists on the witness these texts bear to Jesus. But it was not only the Scriptures that were important to Luke's Church. His name for the Eucharist is "breaking bread," a term he uses for the gathering of Christians. First thev read the Scriptures, then interpreted them, tlen broke bread. We already see the outline of our Mass. We also note that the Emmaus disciples did not yet know Jesus after he interpreted the Scrip- tures. Only in the breaking of the bread did ev- erything become clear. Only then did they know how their hearts burned during the explanation of the Scriptures. Jesus comes to us first in the word of God, then in the sacrament. Other readings: Acts 2:14, 22-28; I Peter 1:17.21. aW page 3 the minds of us: The days of the arked a true night in night when un- were commit- God and against can we not be beside Wed Jewish brothers in recalling in meditation such a Pope asked. that you do not of this me'm- es; we pray etch with you under of the God who is just, rich in mercy the pope said. !rayed that Jewish- solidarity in re- ring the Holocaust "a sign that brings ity closer to of peace announced when "one nation Lot raise the sword i arlother, nor shall war again."' of Rome's Jewish and Italian sur- zi prison camps the event. trmelite convent, international after its estab- at a former Auschwitz storehouse nine years ago, was to have been moved within two years of the 1987 Catholic-Jewish agreement and relocated at the church-funded interfaith center. But the nuns were still in the building with no deadline for departure having been set as of the beginning of April. Jewish organizations had objected to the convent as in- truding on a site that has unique religious meaning to Jews worldwide. In an April 9 letter, Pope John Paul told the 14 Carmelite nuns at the con- vent, "Now, according to the will of the church, you should move to another place in this same Oswiecim." The Polish-language letter, translated by Catholic News Service, also reflected on the meaning of the camp and the vocation of Carmelites. Oswiecim is the name of the town in southern Poland where the camp is located. Auschwitz is its German name. The pope said it is up to Golden Jubilarians Walter A. and Evadine C. (Hudson) Brucken Sr. of Evansville will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 7 a.m. April 26 at Christ the King Chapel, Evansville. Their children will host a reception April 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. at their home at 2101 E. Gum Street. They were married April 26 at Assumption Church. They are the parents of two children, Walter "Sonny" Brucken of Evansville and Jo Ann Rolflngsmeier of Owensboro, Ky.; they have four grandsons. He retired in 1968 after 30 years as cus- todian at Christ the Kin8 parish. She retired in 1976 as man- ager of ladies apparel at the Tweed Shop In Washington Square Mall. i each of the sisters whether she will move to the new cen- ter or go back to her mother convent.  "For each of you. this is' also a moment of trial," he wrote. "May it please the cru- cified and resurrected Christ to enable you to recognize his will, and the particular call- ing to the Carmelite path of life." Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said April 15 that the pope "did not pres- sure (the nuns) to move away; this was a decision alreac[y l taken by the local bishop." Bishop Tadeusz Rakoczy, whose Diocese of Bielsko-Zy- wiec includes Ausc:hwitz', noted that the p0pletter* had not suggested adeadline ..... "It doesn't give any con- crete term for the move, since this is a human question not for a decree but of organiza- tion," he said. Contributing to this story was Jonathan Luxmoore in Warsaw, and John Thavis and Cindy Wooden in Rome. Special Jubilarians Leroy and Mary (Wassmer) Greubel. of Haubstadt will cele* brate their sixtieth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 10 a.m. May 2 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Haubstadt. They were married May 3, 1933, at St. Wmutel .... Church, St. W.endel, by Father Trapp. They are thepm'm of , five children. Norma Pohl, Suzanne Martin and Dllrld J,: Gmubel, all of Hanbstadt; Mary lane Buehner of Foil .Bruch, and Karen Bacon of Boonville. They have 23 grandcb/Idr_ and 18 great-grandchildren. He is a retired trmer, A card: shower is being held in their honer. CardJ my be mailed to them at It.R, 2, Box 177, Haubstadt, IN 47639.