Zephaniah 3.14-end.
The prophet Zephaniah encourages his hearers to sing for joy, as the Lord is in their midst in all his healing and redeeming power and love. He will restore his people and bring them home from exile.

1 Peter 1.17-23.
Peter encourages his readers to live a life of love, because they have been ransomed from their empty way of life with the precious blood of Christ, and been born anew through God’s living word. Because God has raised him from the dead, they know that God can be trusted.

Luke 24.13-35.
On the day of the resurrection two of Jesus’ disciples are on their way back to their home village Emmaus. Suddenly Jesus is there with them on the road, but they do not recognize him. When they get talking about what has happened he explains to them how all this had to happen to fulfill the Scriptures. Arriving in Emmaus they invite him to stay with them. When he breaks the bread during the meal, they suddenly recognize him, but immediately he vanishes. Despite the late hour, they hurry back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples that they have seen the risen Lord.

POINTS FOR PRAYER AND REFLECTION, BASED ON THE READINGS:

- ‘Do not let your hands grow weak. The Lord, your God, is in your midst.’ After weeks of isolation, with anxiety all around us, we may begin to feel tired and depressed. Let us find comfort in the knowledge that God is with us in the midst of all this, and let us work faithfully to keep our communities together as best as we can.

- We have been born anew, and the life that we have been given is indestructible. In a time when fear of death is everywhere, this new life sets us free to show genuine love. Can you think of anyone with whom you could share this love today?

- Like the disciples in Emmaus, we too recognize Jesus in the breaking of the bread. Especially in trying times like these we might wish that he was right here with us in the flesh, and so it is even more painful that we cannot come together for the Eucharist. Let us pray that we will still recognize Jesus in every act of kindness and love, where people share what they have. And may it soon be possible to break bread together again in our own house of worship.
Scripture meditations