Prayer of the Day
Fifth Week of Easter – Feast of St. Bernardine of SienaMay 20th, 2014
In today’s Gospel once again we eavesdrop on the conversation between Jesus and his disciples at the Last Supper. It now seems that they are at last beginning to understand that Jesus is going to leave them very shortly. They are becoming very anxious and depressed at the thought of his departure from them. After the three years of joyously journeying with Jesus they cannot bear the thought of life without him. We can imagine Jesus looking at them with great love and trying his utmost to ease their fear and anxiety, knowing that after Good Friday he will never again be with them in his human presence. From now on he will be with them in a new kind of presence, in the “breaking of bread.” This was a presence he demonstrated to his disciples after his Resurrection on the “Road to Emmaus.” As he walked along the road with the disciples he opened the scriptures for them. With their hearts burning within them they asked him to stay with them. He went in with them and broke bread and then vanished from their sight and their eyes were opened. In other words, they understood this new form of presence. The Eucharist is the Lord’s unique and special way of being with his people until the end of time.