Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of GodLuke 24:35-48
Today’s gospel is the aftermath of The Road to Emmaus. As if that story wasn’t enoungh, the disciples ran to recount their story to the apostles. And as they tell what happened on the road to Emmaus, Jesus appears to all of them as well.
Can you imagine the excitement of the followers of Jesus? The immense bolstering of their faith that took place when the Lord appeared to them gave them the courage and fortitude to go forth and encourage others in the faith. We see already, the gifts of the Holy Spirit are growing even before Pentecost. This gives validation to the presence of the Holy Spirit in Baptism. His gifts are given to us at Baptism, but we are new in the faith. And those gifts must grow in us as we grow in our faith.
Let us pray today to be encouraged by the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist so much so that we use the gifts of the Holy Spirit present in us to spread the faith today in our little circle of life.