Sharing our encounters with Jesus

| Deacon Derek Wiechmann | April 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the Gospel reading for April 30, we have the account of the two disciples making their way to Emmaus. The crucifixion of Jesus had just happened, and their hearts were crushed. They were losing hope because Jesus’ body was no longer in the tomb. But they didn’t make the connection. They didn’t know what to believe.

Jesus walks along with the two disciples, talking to them about what had just happened; the disciples did not recognize him. But they did recognize there was something about this man that wasn’t like anyone else. They were attracted to him, so much so that they even invited him to stay with them. Their experience with Jesus is summarized by what they experienced in their hearts. Their hearts were burning — walking with Jesus left their hearts burning with love.

Maybe you and I have had a similar experience after an encounter with Jesus. Was it after spending an hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament? Or was it after praying the rosary with your family? So often, Jesus gives us these close encounters with him and it leaves us refreshed. What do we do after these experiences?

The disciples in the Gospel “recounted” with each other what had taken place. In other words, they didn’t hide the experience they just had. They went out to tell others what happened. They went to spread the joyful news that Christ indeed had risen from the dead. You and I are called to do the exact thing. We cannot leave our encounters with Jesus tucked away in our hearts. Rather, let those times when our hearts burn within us lead us to go into the world proclaiming the good news that Jesus Christ has conquered sin and death.

Deacon Wiechmann is in formation for the priesthood at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity for the Diocese of St. Cloud. His teaching parish is the All Saints cluster in Holdingford, and his home parish is St. Rose of Lima in St. Rosa.

Sunday, April 30
Third Sunday of Easter


  • Acts 2:14, 22-33
  • 1 Pt 1:17-21
  • Lk 24:13-35

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