31 Mar 2016
For 31 March 2016, Thursday of Easter Week, based on Luke 24:35â€“48
The two recounted what had taken place on the way to Emmaus and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of the bread. While they were still speaking about this, Jesus stood in their midst and said to them, â€œPeace be with you.â€ But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, â€œWhy 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.â€ And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, â€œHave you anything here to eat?â€ They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them. He said to them, â€œThese are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.â€ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures. And he said to them, â€œThus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.