29 Apr 2017

30 April 2017 - Catch-up with the Emmanuel Community in Ireland

On this weeks programme John is joined by an old visitor Geraldine Creaton from the Emmanuel Community who updates on what the community has been up to and up coming events. We have our regular reflection on the Sunday gospel as well as other odds and ends.

You can listen to the podcast of the full programme HERE.

Emmanuel Community Catch-up

This week Geraldine Creaton from the Emmanuel Community joins us to talk about the Community and up coming events. 

The Community is now present in 67 countries with 10,000 members in every continent. Based on Eucharistic Adoration, Compassion and Evangelisation the community reaches out to support people where they are in life. 

A typical outreach in Ireland involves members of Emmanuel inviting shoppers at the Tallaght shopping centre in Dublin to visit the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel in the centre to light a candle, leave a petition and say a quiet prayer. Geraldine told us that people often want to chat at these times and this listening ear is just what people appreciate.

Geraldine also shares with us the story of Cyprien Rugamba and Daphrose Mukasanga - the founders of the Emmanuel Community in Rwanda over 25 years who were martyred for speaking up for Justice on the 1st day of the Genocide on 7th April 1994, and whose cause for Canonization has been opened. 

  • The music played today is from the new album of the Community - Mercy
  • 25th -30th July 2017 - special week for English speaking pilgrims in Paray-Le-Moniel with the Emmanuel Community.
  • You can contact Emmanuel Ireland at info@emmanuelcommunity.ie 
You can listen to Geraldine's interview excerpted from the main programme podcast HERE.

Gospel - Luke 24:13-35

That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus' disciples were goingto a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.He asked them, "What are you discussing as you walk along?"They stopped, looking downcast.One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,"Are you the only visitor to Jerusalemwho does not know of the thingsthat have taken place there in these days?"And he replied to them, "What sort of things?"They said to him, "The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,who was a prophet mighty in deed and wordbefore God and all the people,how our chief priests and rulers both handed him overto a sentence of death and crucified him.But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;and besides all this,it is now the third day since this took place.Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:they were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body;they came back and reportedthat they had indeed seen a vision of angelswho announced that he was alive.Then some of those with us went to the tomband found things just as the women had described,but him they did not see."And he said to them, "Oh, how foolish you are!How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these thingsand enter into his glory?"Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,he interpreted to them what referred to himin all the Scriptures.As they approached the village to which they were going,he gave the impression that he was going on farther.But they urged him, "Stay with us,for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over."So he went in to stay with them.And it happened that, while he was with them at table,he took bread, said the blessing,broke it, and gave it to them.With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,but he vanished from their sight.Then they said to each other,"Were not our hearts burning within uswhile he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?"So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalemwhere they found gathered togetherthe eleven and those with them who were saying,"The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!"Then the two recounted what had taken place on the wayand how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.

Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 3; 3rd week of Easter

Saints of the Week

May 3rd - Ss Philip and James
May 5th - Bl Edmund Rice (First Friday)
May 6th - St Edberto of Lindisfarne (First Saturday)

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