For the Weekend of April 18, 2021
Dear People of God,
What a powerful and touching story we heard today in the Gospel! As the Emmaus disciples were relaying
their meeting with Jesus on the road to the apostles, they gave witness to an extraordinary blessing of Jesus to
them. Their testimony has a number of lessons for everyone - if only we would be open to the desire of Jesus
to open our minds and our hearts - but this takes faith, surrender and trust.
The ordinary men in the story were given an extraordinary gift of understanding. Recognizing Jesus in the
breaking of the bread did not come as a result of long study and hard work. Rather, it came to them as result of
their openness to Christ’s powerful action in their lives. Jesus unlocked the mysteries of the kingdom of
Heaven to them. As a result, they understood truths that could never be learned on their own.
How many of us even seek to understand? Think about the many things in your past that have left you
confused. You need the special gift of the Holy Spirit to make sense of them. Without the gift of Understanding
we are left on our own to make sense of life. We need to understand the Scriptures, human suffering, human
relationships, and divine action in our lives. But this will never happen unless we allow Jesus to open our
minds. Reflect today upon the gift of Understanding.
Prayer: Lord, give me the gift of Understanding. Help me t o know You and to understand Your actions in my
life. Help me, especially to turn to You in the most troubling moments of my life. Jesus, I trust in You.
Our mission Statement prays and hopes that everyone who worships with us might be transformed into a
people courageously living the Gospel”.
In these strange and sometimes discouraging times, may we open ourselves to the Easter light of Jesus and
allow him to make that prayer a reality!
Many, many thanks to one and all for not forgetting us here at MHC. Your kind wishes and generosity have
been a blessing to us all!!
Don’t let the virus news overwhelm you. Be strong in your faith; be courageous and unfaltering in your
knowledge and belief that Jesus loves you . . . and He always will!
As usual please remember to pray for all of the Salesians in our presence here at MHC . . . especially those at St. Philip Residence. Be assured we will be doing the same for you.
Fr. Steve Dumais, SDB.