Acts 2:14, 22-33
1. Can you see how different Peter’s attitude is in this reading than it was during Jesus’ passion and death? To what do you attribute the change? Could such a change take place in you?
2. In this reading, Peter says, “But God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death, because it was impossible for him to be held by it.” Isn’t there a contradiction here? If Christ could not be held by the throes of death, why would he need to be released from them? Or is Acts saying that a person with such “mighty deeds, wonders and signs” should not be dishonored by remaining in death, and so God therefore raised him? What is your interpretation?
1. Peter says that Christ was known before the foundation of the world. In other words, Peter again tells us that Christ’s life, death and resurrection were known by the Father from the beginning, even though they were a remedy for human sinfulness. According to Peter, why has this mystery of Christ been revealed to us?
2. This Second Reading has been called a sermon on hope. Why do you think that is? Do you find it hopeful?
1. Can you relate to any of the following in the Gospel story?
• Confusion of the disciples
• Inability to recognize Jesus
• Desire to spend more time with a good friend
• Sudden realization that the Lord is present
2. In section 3 of Pope Francis’ address to the Bishops of Brazil he suggests an ecclesiology rooted in the Gospel story of Emmaus. The disciples ended up with hearts burning. What makes your heart “burn” within you?
We need a Church unafraid of going forth into their night. We need a church capable of meeting them on their way. We need a Church capable of entering into their conversation. We need a Church able to dialogue with those disciples who, having left Jerusalem behind, are wandering aimlessly, alone, with their own disappointment, disillusioned by a Christianity now considered barren, fruitless soil, incapable of generating meaning. …
But we need to know how to interpret, with courage, the larger picture. Jesus warmed the hearts of the disciples of Emmaus.
Address of Pope Francis
Archbishop’s House, Rio de Janeiro
Saturday, 28 July 201
**From Saint Louis University