April 26, 2020
III Easter Sunday
We are strangers like Jesus is stranger to the two disciples. We too, like him, must make ourselves recognized by breaking life in love.
In his first letter Peter invites the disciples of Jesus to behave with “fear of God in the time in which you live down here as foreigners”. «Foreigners» (paroikias) is said in Greek with the same root of the verb that the two disciples of Emmaus have on their lips when, turning to their travel companion, not yet recognized, they say to him: «You are the only stranger (paroikeis) in Jerusalem!”. The juxtaposition between the two texts suggests a precious idea. The stranger, or the stranger Jesus, makes himself recognized with the gesture of breaking the bread and with what it means. After explaining his passion in the light of the Scriptures, he returns to interpret it through the gesture that reveals the meaning of his death as a life broken and given in love, for the good of all. In the same way, the Christian community, foreign in its pilgrimage through history, must reveal its face and be recognized through a love that, reaching the gift of life, comforts solitude, rekindles hope, makes hearts burn by communicating fire to them of the Passover of Jesus and his Spirit. All this not through abstract and disembodied words, but with generous, free, hospitable, neighboring gestures … that make us move from strangeness to feeling welcomed and hosted with love at the same table.
Commentary by Comunità di Dumenza
Translation by f. Mark Hargreaves, Prinknash Abbey