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The Marian Fathers present this Lenten devotional series to help you prepare to receive graces on Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday.

Readings: Acts 3:1-10; Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9; Lk 24:13-35
Diary: 66, 74, 1701

"With that their eyes were opened." — Lk 24:31

Did you ever go to a Bible study or hear a sermon that illuminated your understanding of something you thought you already knew? Your eyes were opened to something that was there all the time, but you just couldn't see it before.

Can you imagine the two followers of Jesus who met up with Him on the road to Emmaus? They had been dejected because, to them, the death of Jesus meant their hopes were foiled. They say, "We were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel" (Lk 24:21). We know they were prevented from seeing His identity (see Lk 24:16), but they could hear His explanations about all the prophets, going back to Moses. The prophecies foretold the coming of a savior, who would have to suffer and enter His glory.

The men wanted to hear more! They invited Him to stay with them, and at the breaking of bread they recognize their guest as Jesus! It's interesting that, when Jesus then vanishes from their sight, they don't marvel at His disappearance, but His lessons on the Scriptures.

At once, they go to the eleven remaining apostles to tell them what had happened and "how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread" (Lk 24:35). They confirm the news: The Lord is risen!

Prayer: My Lord and My God, may I gratefully receive You in every Holy Communion.

Missed a day? See previous "From Ashes to Mercy" daily meditations.

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