Today's 5minutos from Sonora, Mexico said (allow me to translate):
"Perhaps it estranges us that it is the apostles to whom Jesus appears to first, recently resurrected. The apostles who were His closest friends, to whom He told at the Last Supper in Luke 22:28-30 ;"It is you who have stood by me in my trials; and I confer a kingdom on you, just as my Father has conferred one on me,that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom; and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel." He manifested Himself first to the faithful group of women and to these disciples of Emmaus; disciples who we didn't even know nor are mentioned again. It is insinuated that Jesus appears to Peter the same day as the resurrection: "The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!"" -Luke 24:34. We can surmise that Jesus postponed His manifestation, once risen, to the apostles...for their infidelity: they all fled the night in Gethsemane. Jesus had lamented it, a little before: Then Jesus said to them, "This night all of you will have your faith in me shaken" Mathew 26:31. The disciples of Emmaus did not receive the honor of being the closest and near, but they didn't suffer extraordinary tests either. They loved the Lord with sincerity: We had the hope...And received the reward. The measure of responsibility is in the measure of gifts. "Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more." Luke12:48 What will be your correspondence? "
My uncle Hector is a devout Catholic, and I know is devout to the 3 o'clock prayer. It is a long winded prayer that entails the child Jesus walking on a path and in the prayer Hector prays for all sorts of intentions both general and personal. Today, we heard of a prayer, and a command. A man asks for alms and receives more than he bargained for, He receives a blessing no money could buy...a miracle, an act of love that leads Him into the Church to give praise and thanks. This is key because where we are leading is key; where we give thanks, there the Lord is received and eyes opened. In the temple we pray, and in the temple we give thanks, and in the temple Jesus offers Himself in a most unique manner to those that are disposed to receive Him in the most Holy Eucharist. That is why a "closest moment to Christ" can not be ignored unless ignored when taken into the body and soul, the very Body and Soul and Divinity of our Most Beloved Lord Jesus Christ, the Nazorean. And so, in this very name we are asked to believe and to be healed in the Spirit. Many times our physical maladies are spiritual maladies. I told a worker last week after hearing he's taken his wife to the hospital twice in the week to the emergency room for an unknown heart problem "sit down, let me tell you something", keep in mind I feel the Holy Spirit leading me to do and say this, "about your wife, you know what you have to do right?" and he started saying stuff like "yeah, I know, I gotta pray and all that stuff", to which I got exasperated, "what do you man ALL THAT STUFF? This is serious, but what is more serious is what I am about to tell you....the reason your wife is having heart problems is because of you, fix yourself in the spirit and she will be healed, and have her begin praying the rosary". To that we left off. Since then I have not heard of any more visits to the ER. Could it be the same spirit of Saints Peter and John at the 3 o'clock prayer and encountering the crippled man? Yes it could be, there is no denying. Difference here is I do not see the healed coming in to the temple to give thanks, the very meaning of the word Eucharist. And so the eye opener here is not them, no, it is for us reading this today. It is not for their condemnation, for one day they will have opened their eyes, and so the eye opener is for you and me. Because we can be such good "deflectors" can't we? We go to retreats and workshops and hear homilies and think "oh this would be so good for so and so" instead of realizing it is meant for you! You are reading this because it is for you. Am I the healer? Yes you are my child, you are the healer. Am I the one being healed? Yes you are my child. Am I the one that will encounter Jesus even though I did not recognize Him at work first? YES! The answer is YES! So many actions will happen in your life that one day you will realize it was Jesus at work the whole time. That is something to be grateful for both now and then. Most often He appears to the faithful, and many times to the faithful He eventually appears. Let us rejoice and jump for joy in our hearts in the temple exclaiming truly how Good God Is