44 Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah* is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses* of these things.
As a young man, my parents often gave me advice. Sometimes it was as simple as “Don’t stay out too late” or as profound as “Always work with integrity, it defines you as a man.” Young people seldom appreciate parental wisdom because they’re so caught up in the urgency of adolescent life. While my parents’ advice was important, I just wanted to get the job done, climb into my car, and meet friends. It was with these friends important matters like who was dating who, whether the latest rock band was any good, or whether or not our favorite sports team was going to win their next game was discussed. My parents’ advice would not be appreciated until later in life when I realized even the smallest things should be done with integrity because people really do know you by the work you do.
Jesus had a similar experience with his disciples. Throughout his whole ministry, he taught them the way of salvation comes at a great personal cost. He told them he would suffer, die, and ultimately be raised from the dead. Yet the whole time they never understood his message until in a moment of grace he “Opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” Once that happened they understood.
The same offer is extended to us today. If we allow it, Christ will “Open our mind to the Scriptures.” We simply need to step back from the urgency of life, ask the Holy Spirit to be with us, and read the Scriptures. If we read with the eyes of our heart as well as our mind God can profoundly impact our lives. By simply seeking the Bible for the still calm voice of God we may find the wisdom of a father waiting within its pages.
Let us pray,
“Blessed God, too often we take you for granted and presume we will know what is right, good, holy, and true simply because we know you are real. Help us deepen our understanding of things divine and wise by opening our minds to your holy Word. This we ask in the precious name of Christ, Amen.”