WEDNESDAY, EASTER OCTAVE
Acts 3: 1-10; Ps 105:1-4, 6-9; Lk 24: 13-35
SEE LOVE, SEE JESUS
‘Love at first sight!’ – this is what the readings of today are all about. Apostles Peter and John see a lame man on their way to the temple. Peter then looks intently at the man and so does John. The lame man in turn fixed his attention on them expecting to receive something. Their eyes met and they exchanged something more, they gave Jesus to one another. The apostles saw Jesus in that lame man – “When I was sick you looked after me” (Mt 25:36). The Gospel also speaks about love at first sight! In this Emmaus episode, after Jesus broke the Bread, the eyes of the disciples were opened and they recognized Him. Varied and many are the ways the Lord speaks to his people and in today’s readings the mode of communication he chose was the means of sight! Jesus is the sight of unconditional love. Love is the true manifestation of Jesus Christ who is the visible image of the invisible God. We read, “No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us” (1 Jn 4: 12).
Our world today is overwhelmed with fleeting images and videos flooded particularly in social media, and our attention span reduced to a great extent. In such situations, how can one seek God, if one doesn’t have the patience to gaze at anyone or anything in love? Seeing things with a tinge of love is all that is needed to find God amidst our fast-paced life. Do we have some time to behold Jesus and thus fall in love with Him at first sight? A short meditation on today’s readings and the following verse from the Spiritual Canticle of St. John of the Cross would provide the necessary inspiration.
When You regarded me,
Your eyes imprinted in me Your grace:
For this You loved me again,
And thereby my eyes merited
To adore what in You they say.
Response: Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice
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