Tuesday, April 3, 2018

SIXTH STATION OF VIA LUCIS: The Risen Lord Appears to the Community of Disciples

SIXTH STATION OF VIA LUCIS: The Risen Lord Appears to the Community of Disciples

We adore You, O Christ
and we praise You! 
Because by the Wood of the Cross and
the Light of the Resurrection, 
You have redeemed the world!
Reading:  'Why are you troubled?  And why do questions arise in your hearts?  Look at My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself.  Touch Me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have,' And as He said this, He showed them His hands and His feet"  (Luke 24: 38-40).

Reflection:  The disciples on the road to Emmaus quickly returned to the other disciples in Jerusalem with "burning hearts."  Their despair had been reversed and they were eager to convince the others that Jesus was alive. Jesus the Christ is always eager to gather the community of disciples at the table of faith and to show them that He has risen with His wounds glorified.  All our wounds will one day be glorified.  We seek to understand how the Risen Lord invites us to be "wounded healers," recognizing now that the Lord desires us to be ambassadors of reconciliation, while we ourselves are being forgiven and healed.


Prayer:  God of unchanging power and light, look with favor and mercy on the entire community of Your Church.  Bring lasting salvation to the human family, so that the world may see the fallen lifted up, the old made new, and all things brought to perfection, through Him who is our origin, our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns forever and ever.  Amen.
All:  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
My wounded side, O Thomas see;
Behold My hands, My feet, said He
Not faithless, but believing be. Alleluia.

NEXT: SEVENTH STATION OF VIA LUCIS: The Risen Lord Breathes Peace and Gives the Power to Forgive

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