This morning at Mass, Fr. Walter told this story, which I am paraphrasing:
There was a mother who began to teach her young son some catechism lessons. She wanted him to learn some Bible verses and to commit them to memory. This mother wasn’t having much success. Then, one day she approached her parish priest full of excitement. “Father,” she said, “Timmy finally memorized a Bible verse!.” Father said, “Great! Which one?” Timmy’s mother responded, “Luke 24: 41, ‘Have you anything here to eat?'”
The story was told in the context of his homily on the Sunday Scripture readings.
Father Walter went on to explain the Sunday readings in depth, but this story is what I took home. Why? For one thing, I did find the story amusing. For another, I hadn’t noticed that phrase of Jesus asking for something to eat. Maybe I hadn’t noticed it because it wasn’t the main point of Luke’s passage.
What was the main message of Luke 24: 36-49? I think it was that the disciples were to bear witness to all Jesus did and said.