When times are uncertain – leaders rise and so it is today readings and Gospel of the 3rd Sunday of Easter.
This is certainly the case for the disciple Simon Peter who would become the Apostle Peter who was the founding member of the line of the priesthood – the body of Christ.
Following the new testament, we will see that Peter will sometimes be overshadowed by the Apostle Paul who comes blasting on the scene in a couple pf weeks. But make no mistake, without Peter we would not have the institution of the Eucharist, the source and summit of our faith.
For it was Peter that kept the first apostles together through this tumultuous time. Many of the disciple were scattering and so it was for two men who were travelling together away for Jerusalem to a place called Emmaus when they were joined by another traveller.
The traveller, Jesus, proceeded to explain all that had happened and starting from Moses and the prophets proceed to explain the scriptures.
Its little wonder the two men said to each other ‘Did our hearts not burn when he spoke to us’.
We know the story it’s one of those old favourite stories of belief that is in our bones, in our DNA.
These two men represent us as we come to understand the very real presence of Jesus with us in the breaking of bread in the Eucharist. So recognisable to the two was Jesus that the recognition was immediate and irreversible.
There was something in the words, ‘this is my body”, almost like they were in the same family, something of intimacy.
In todays lockdown situation when are not receiving Eucharist, the very real presence of Jesus is still with us because we are a Eucharist people with our hearts burning with the scriptures, the tradition and our salvation that has been given for us at Easter.