Scripture: St. Luke 24: Verses 44-53 (45)
Jesus dwelt and lived with his disciples for about three years and they did not understand the meaning of his words and his teachings. The disciples did not know the scriptures of the Old Testament. They were ordinary men not knowledgeable of the words of Moses and the Prophets.
They were not members of the Sanhedrin. They were not like St. Paul, an intellectual and wise in the scriptures. They did not know the Psalms in which the Psalmist declared: “For they will not leave my soul in hell; neither will thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption.” (Ps. 16:10)
Jesus, in clear terms, told his disciples how He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day, (Matt. 16:21). But they did not understand the meaning of his words. Jesus referred to them as fools and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken. Jesus expounded unto them all the scriptures concerning him and the fulfilment of prophecy, but they did not understand the meaning of his words.
So many of us, like his disciples, were brought up in the Church from childhood to adulthood, but do not understand the meaning and the teachings of his words and do not read the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.
The disciples witnessed the miracles of Jesus in Jerusalem, Judea and Galilee; they were present at the transfiguration on the mountain and saw his sorrows in the garden; they witnessed his suffering before the high priest and Pilate; they witnessed Jesus on the cross, his death and his resurrection. Jesus showed them his body with the nail prints in his hand and feet, and they touched him to verify and to prove that He was the same Jesus. They ate and drank in the presence of Jesus; He conversed with them for about forty days but they did not comprehend his teaching and his doctrine of the Gospel.
Because of the lack of knowledge of the scriptures, Jesus opened up their hearts and minds so that they may have understanding of the scriptures. It takes the divine light of the Holy Spirit and the work of Grace to remove the blindness from the eye and the darkness of the mind and give the revelation of the written Word of God.
As Jesus was about to ascend into heaven, he promised to send the Holy Spirit that would teach them all things; lead them in all truths; and bring to their remembrances all things they had seen and heard. He told them to wait upon the Lord in silence, to be still and wait for the Spirit, the promise of the Father, until they be clothed or endued with the power from on high.
The Spirit of God is a Spirit of might, of power, of knowledge, of understanding, of counsel, of love, and of a sound mind.
By and through the Spirit they were to be fortified and inspired with courage, greatness of soul so as to face their adversaries with boldness, freely, without fear, to speak so that their ministries would succeed through the power of the Holy Spirit and for the conversion of souls.
Before the disciples were endued with the Holy Spirit, they were timid and fearful but now they came forth publicly with persevering courage, resolution, boldness, testifying and preaching the doctrine of repentance for the remission of sins with the demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit that turned the world upside down.
If you lack understanding and knowledge of the scriptures, let the Grace of God and the light of the Holy Spirit open your hearts and minds to be endowed with Power from on high.