2020-04-263rd Sunday of EasterRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

The play, "Jesus Christ Superstar" tells the story of Jesus Christ in modern words and modern settings. It asks questions that many people are asking today such as: "Jesus Christ Superstar, are you who they say you are?" But it leaves the question hanging in the air. The music is beautiful. Some of the lines are intriguing such as: "I don't know how to love Him." Some ideas make fun of what is sacred. For example, Mary Magdalene is pictured as a prostitute while she sings "He is just a man and I have known so many, many men before."

But the biggest fault of "Jesus Christ Superstar" is that it leaves out the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It takes us to His death and leaves Him there -dead. The play leaves out the whole purpose and triumph of our Lord's life. His Resurrection proves that He is truly God and that we will truly rise with Him. To us Catholic Christians, Jesus is not only a Superstar, He is our Super Savior.

The same mistake was made by the two disciples on the way to Emmaus in today's Gospel. They closed the book before they read the last chapter. They left Jerusalem before they found out all of the facts of that first Easter.

A lot of people who call themselves followers of Christ make the same mistake today. They walk away before the resurrection. They question that first Easter. They leave it out of their thinking and their living. They are discouraged, disappointed, disillusioned about something or other in the Catholic Church and so they walk away.

The saddest point is that they walk away from the very thing that will help them out of their confusion and their discouragement. They walk away from the Mass which is the surest cure for all of their troubles.

When Jesus breaks bread, they recognize him. In the Mass the priest breaks the bread and changes the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. What took place at Emmaus takes place on the altar.

The "pandemic" makes us aware of the fact that there is much in this world that is greater than we are.

We need to be aware of God at this time. We need to pray for one another. Lord, increase our faith.

Help us to be aware of your presence in our lives. Helps us to be an Easter people who are aware of the fact that some day we can live with you forever in heaven.

Make us aware of your love for us and help us to spread that to one another.

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