Today is the Third Sunday of Easter. The above painting can be found in the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin. It is entitled “Kitchen Maid with the Supper at Emmaus” by Diego Velázquez (1599-1660). We have the wonderful story in today’s Gospel (Luke 24:13-35) of the two disciples journeying with Jesus the seven miles out of Jerusalem to the town of Emmaus. They only recognise Jesus, when he sat at table with them “he took the bread and said the blessing, then he broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognised him; but he had vanished from their sight” (Luke 24:30)
The Servant Girl at Emmaus
She listens, listens, holding
her breath. Surely that voice
is his—the one
who had looked at her, once, across the crowd,
as no one ever had looked?
Had seen her? Had spoken as if to her?
Surely those hands were his,
taking the platter of bread from hers just now?
Hands he’d laid on the dying and made them well?
Surely that face—?
The man they’d crucified for sedition and blasphemy.
The man whose body disappeared from its tomb.
The man it was rumoured now some women had seen this morning, alive?
Those who had brought this stranger home to their table
don’t recognise yet with whom they sit.
But she in the kitchen, absently touching
the wine jug she’s to take in,
a young Black servant intently listening,
swings round and sees
the light around him
and is sure. (Poem by Denise Levertov (1923–1997))
Feasts of the Week: Tuesday: St. Mark. Evangelist. His Gospel was probably written in Rome when he was with St. Peter & St. Paul. His symbol is a winged lion. Saturday: St. Catherine of Siena – Virgin & Doctor of the Church. Patron of Europe (1347-1380). She spent all her energies on the Church and helped to achieve the pope’s return from Avignon to Rome. She was a mystic, a reformer of religious life and brought peace to her native Siena, Italy and 14th century Europe.
Sincere thanks for the collection last week. It came to £1740. Thanks also to our Readers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Ushers and all who help in our weekend liturgies.
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Gluten-Free Hosts: If you are Coeliac and you wish to receive communion please come up to the altar and stand beside the Eucharistic Minsters where you will receive the gluten-free host.
Enniskillen Cancer Focus group are having a return of their Annual Coffee Morning on Saturday 29th April 10am to 12 noon in St Macartins Church Hall Enniskillen. Everyone is welcome to come along.
Caritas Choir invite you to a Variety Concert in the Ardhowen theatre on Friday 28th April. The concert will include a wide variety of choir repertoire, soloists and instrumentals, some traditional Irish music and Dance.
Jimmy Mc Elroy, Raceview Court, Enniskillen
Ellen (Nellie Rooney), Coonian
Brendan Mc Manus, Cavanacarragh, Lisbellaw
Brendan Conway, Brackvede Park, Enniskillen
Tommy Tierney, Derrygore Terrace, Enniskillen
Patrick & Rose Hegarty, Derrin Rd, Enniskillen
Grainne Lynch, Adare, Co Limerick, Month’s Mind
Jim Kelly & The Kelly Family, Irvinestown
Angela Calgie, Kesh
Denis & Sheila Maguire, Lisnaskea
The Maguire & the Boyle families, Lisnaskea
Margaret Connor, Kinarla Pk, Silverhill
Maura Mc Cusker, Glen, Tempo
Kieran Muldoon, Henry Street, Enniskillen
Kenny Ledwith, Cooper Crescent, Enniskillen
John Paul & Ellen Reilly, Dungannon
Theresa Reilly, Enniskillen
Mary Kate Maguire, Gallagh, Killesher
Mary & Owen Mc Caffrey, Tempo
Patrick & Margaret Flanagan, Roscor, Belleek
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