Today’s readings can be found here.


When I was teaching my high school class about the Eucharist, the following question was raised. “Father, if I have doubts, can I still take the Eucharist?” I responded, “Of course!” As Pope Francis reminds us, the Eucharist is, “not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.” (Evangelii Gaudium, 46) If you recall the Eucharistic miracles, many took place when the priest himself had doubts.

In today’s Gospel the disciples on the road to Emmaus are confused, downtrodden, they too have doubts about the accounts of the Resureection. Yet, what does Christ do with them? How do they recognize him? In the breaking of the bread, in the Eucharist. So when we approach the Altar, with our doubts and imperfect faith, we ask God to give us the gift of clarity as he did to the disciples on the way to Emmaus. So that our hearts too may be burning with his love.

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