Today we read the Gospel of Jesus' teaching the disciples who were on their way to Emmaus. Jesus gives the most sought after Scripture study, opening up the prophets and the law to show how His life and death fulfilled Old Covenant. Wow! Amazing! Can you imagine how holy you would be after all of that? "Were not our hearts burning within us!" say the disciples. One problem. They still didn't recognize Jesus. When did they recognize Him? The breaking of the bread- Luke's words for the Holy Mass! St. Luke uses the same phrase in the Last Supper as he does for Jesus' breaking the bread in Emmaus. The disciples only recognize Jesus in the Eucharist.
So what is more important for a priest like me? Homilies or the prayers of the Mass?
What is more important for a soul in the pews? An eloquent homily or the prayers of the Mass?