Last night was the third session of the four-part program Bill Nolan (Pastoral Associate at St. Thomas Apostle) and I are presenting on Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances. The program is being sponsored by Christ the King and St. Thomas Apostle parishes in Minneapolis and each week we are focusing on the final passages of one of the four Gospels. In our first two weeks, we addressed Mark (with Bill offering the reflection) and John (with me offering the reflection.
This week our focus was Luke’s Gospel and Bill took the lead and offered the reflection. He began his talk by talking about the sources for Luke’s Gospel, when it was written and the audience to whom it is addressed. (Luke’s audience is a primarily Gentile audience; where Luke makes reference to Jewish law is it instructive, in contrast to Matthew who reminds his readers of the Jewish law they already knew.)
After we read the passage and invited participants to share a bit on what struck them as they listened, Bill focused on his remarks on the encounter between the disciples on the road to Emmaus and Jesus. He argued in a compelling (and quite beautiful way) that it was the supper at Emmaus that the institution of the Eucharist really took place. As he suggested, anyone can eat bread and drink wine, but to participate in the Eucharist is to have Jesus made known to you in the breaking, blessing and sharing of the bread.
You can access a recording of Bill’s talk here or stream it from the icon below. (The podcast runs for 26:53. There is a break at about 6:56, where I paused the recorder while we read the Gospel passage aloud and asked participants to share a word or phrase that struck them.) A copy of the handout we distributed with some questions for further reflection and sources for further reading is here.
Next Wednesday evening will be our final session, during which I will take the lead, giving a talk focusing on the final chapter of St. Matthew’s Gospel. If you are in the Twin Cities area, please join us. If not, you can listen to all of the program podcasts here on Creo en Dios!