In his reflection before praying the midday Regina Caeli today, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of Jesus' presence with His disciples on the Emmaus Road, taken from today's Gospel reading for Mass (Luke 24:13-25). The two disciples, downcast and dejected, had lost hope in Jesus, feeling abandoned and betrayed even by the Lord, when they encountered Him on the way. Still today, he said, we encounter Jesus in the Word and in the Eucharist.
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After the prayer, he said in English:
"I am happy to greet all the English-speaking visitors present at today’s Regina Caeli prayer. On this Third Sunday of Easter, Saint Luke relates how the Risen Christ walks with his disciples, makes their hearts burn within them by his words, and reveals himself in the breaking of the bread. Let us pray that our Easter journey will teach us to open our hearts with joy to the living Christ present in his Church. Upon all of you I invoke God’s abundant blessings!"