Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

How to Encounter Jesus Personally. Wednesday After Easter


Breakfast with the Word Wednesday After Easter


 Luke 24:13-35


Encounter simply means a meeting with someone or something. Sometimes an encounter comes unexpectedly, so it could come unexpectedly as it happens today on the road to Emmaus.


Encounter could then mean an unexpected meeting with someone or something. It could mean coming in contact with somebody you were longing for.


The gospel of today is all about a special encounter with the risen Lord. Before the encounter today, their eyes were closed. The Emmaus disciples were depressed and confused.


Then, after this encounter, their God opens their eyes. They ran with joy to spread the news. Something significant happened in their lives.


This is the result of one who has an encounter. The only and surest way to save us from spiritual blindness, is to have a special encounter with the risen Lord, it is the surest way to our own resurrection.



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The Mystery of the Empty Tomb


The Mystery of the Holy Night, Holy Saturday


The Power of the Cross, Good Friday


Before The Encounter.


The gospel tells us about the two disciples going to Emmaus. We know that these disciples of Jesus were not among the apostles. This is because of the mention of Cleopas. Also the indication that after the experience, they ran to the eleven to report are enough evidence and confirmation.


Then, Luke does not tell us what they are going to Emmaus to do. It may be their home or one of the homes of the either disciple.


The disciples could also be husband and wife, because they later invited Jesus to have a dinner with them. While on their way, one could imagine how depressed, confused, and worried they are. They are seriously talking about the event that happened. They seem to be in a hopeless situation.


Remember when Jesus came into their midst, Jesus asked them what they were talking about, they became sad. They became sad not because of the question. They seem to be sad that what they expected did not come to fulfillment. So, it was a hopeless situation.


Cleopas answered Jesus when He was questioning them, ‘You must be the only person staying in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have been happening there these last few days, about Jesus of Nazareth, who showed himself a prophet powerful in action and speech before God and the whole people. Our own hope had been that he would be the one to set Israel free. An indication that they took Jesus as a political saviour, so it was hope turned hopeless.


Secondly, they were utterly confused, because they have not really known the truth. Cleopas here tells Jesus that some women from the group  astounded them when they went to the tomb in the early morning. When they could not find the body, they came back to tell them that they had seen a vision of angels who declared that Jesus was alive.

And some others  went to the tomb and found everything exactly as the women had reported, but of Jesus they saw nothing.

Imagine the confusion. The body was no where to be found, who took the body? The women said they saw angels, now these people went and saw nothing.


The angels said he is alive, yet No one has seen him. They were totally confused. This is how many Christians today are utterly confused about the truth of their faith, about the reality of what is to be believed or not.


So, many of us are in hopeless situations and it looks as if the promises of God are not forth coming, it looks as if all hope is lost.


We need an encounter with Jesus to strengthen our faith again. Just like the Emmaus disciples, we may be in hopeless situations right now, not knowing that Jesus is already walking beside us.




How to Encounter Jesus Personally.


1. Through the Word

One truth about the Emmaus disciples is that they know truly what happened but they did not actually know what happened. Put your thinking cap here.


They know what happened because they were discussing the event, even Cleopas affirmed that Jesus is a prophet, known with mighty deeds.


So, they know but they did not know because they were thinking their expectations of Jesus and their hope in Jesus have been dashed to the ground, until Jesus came into their midst to explain what really happened, So we may think we know, but we do not actually know.


We need Jesus to teach us in the Word. We may think, we have acquired more knowledge, but if we cannot be humble like Nicodemus to meet Jesus personally (John 3), if we cannot be open like the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-40) who allowed himself to be taught, we would hardly know the truth.


The word of God is deeper than we think and should not be understood literally, that is why we have to pay attention to the mother church, that is why we need divine revelation to fully come to the truth.


To know Jesus we have to encounter Him in his word, and allow him to teach us. As the Emmaus disciples encountered Jesus, He began to teach them about himself through the scriptures.



The scripture is a strong powerful tool to encounter God. In the midst of confusion, hopelessness, faithlessness,we need the Word and Jesus is the Word Made Flesh (John 1:14).


The word of God is a source of divine revelation. Peter, the disciples, and many others  believed because Jesus revealed himself personally to them, and one of the ways we can have such special encounter is through the Word of God.



2. Encounter in the Poor.


There is something significant about these disciples today. They met a stranger  they did not know and have not actually met before, the expected thing they would have done after the discussion is to let him go. But instead of doing this, they invited him to have a dinner with them, not knowing that they invited the person  they have been talking about.


Sometimes many of us appear more spiritual, talk about God all day long but treat those around them with hatred and wickedness.


Some people treat the poor and the strangers in a disgusting manner, not knowing that they can find God they are looking for in the other person.


By showing hospitality to a stranger, Jesus rewards the Emmaus disciples with a special encounter, a special experience, and a dinner with the Lord.


This reminds us of Genesis 18: 1-15.  Abraham shows hospitality to strangers not knowing that he is entertaining angels.

Sometimes we do not the way our God may be visiting us. Sometimes we do not know the way God is packaging our blessings.

Even, we do not know the blessings we may receive by showing hospitality and the ones we lose by foregoing it.


The rich man deprives himself blessings in Luke 16:19-31 by overlooking Lazarus but in Genesis 18, God blesses Abraham and rewards him with a gift of a child through his hospitality.


We can encounter Jesus in the poor, in the other person and the way we treat people. Mother Theresa says “we cannot say that we love Jesus only in the Eucharist naturally. We put that love in action by how we treat the poor. We cannot separate the Eucharist and the poor”.

3. In the Eucharist

While walking with Jesus all these while, their eyes were closed until at the breaking of bread, their eyes were closed, as He was busy teaching them first, until at the breaking of bread.


A pointer that spiritual journey is a gradual process, you need to walk with Jesus, hear him, listen to His words and meet him always at the breaking of bread. we have to know who you are worshiping, understand who you are worshiping and listen to Him to Know him more.



They recognized Jesus through his four action processes each time He breaks the bread. He used these four action processes at the Lord’s suppers (Luke 22:19) and even in the feeding of the crowd  (Luke 9:12-17).



The Action processes are: He takes, He blesses, He breaks and He gives, at this point, their eyes open. This is what we do everyday at the mass.


At the Eucharist we meet Jesus one on one, We see Him facie a facie, when you meet Him, you meet light because He is the light of the world and shines in you, when you eat him you eat life.



He says “Unless you  eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you have no life in you. (John 6:53). Also hear what some saints said about the Holy Eucharist:



The Holy Eucharist is the perfect expression of the love of Jesus Christ for man, since It is the quintessence of all the mysteries of His Life. -St. Peter Julian Eymard

This is the Bread of everlasting life which supports the substance of our soul. -St. Ambrose

Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you, for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart. -St. Therese of Lisieux

The Blessed Eucharist is the perfect Sacrament of the Lord’s Passion, since It contains Christ Himself and his Passion. -St. Thomas Aquinas



We need to have the thirst for Jesus to know Jesus and encounter Him. Imagine the Joy of the Emmaus disciples after this special encounter.

Imagine, how they would run back to Jerusalem with Joy that the story they have been hearing is true.


Also, imagine the celebration, the liveliness of knowing and meeting Jesus personally.


This is the joy of one who has a special encounter. Your joy will be so great even in the midst of difficulties.

Because the source of the joy is not human but divine.  God will fill you with divine wisdom and knowledge because you are full of inspiration.

Your life will be a witness because you will speak about God  boldly not by what you just read from a book but by experience and encounter. Then, you will be hungry to let people know about Him.


This is the joy of a special encounter. Read the bible. Ask for the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Visit the sick. Help the poor, and save the downtrodden. Do it not to receive worldly appraisal but God’s appraisal.

Treat the person around you like a human being. His or her blessings upon you may be what you need at that moment. Then, never forget Jesus the Blessed Sacrament.


Let him be your spiritual food. Be a communicant. Visit him if possible daily in the Blessed Sacrament. I bet you, your life will not remain the same.


The only way to save us from spiritual blindness, is through special encounter with the risen Lord. It is the surest way to our own resurrection. Encounter with the risen Lord is the secret of total transformation.

May God Bless you for reading, may He protect you all through this week Amen.




  1. Dr. Vincent Udokwu. says

    Fr. I was greatly enriched after reading through your reflections on today gospel reading. As you are aware, we no longer attend masses in th church because of the Covid-19 pandemic. We participate in mass through the radio or TV. Your reflections have greatly satisfied me even in the absence of physical participation at mass. Thank so much. Remain blessed.

    1. Sanctus Mario says

      Thank you so much. Happy to have you here. May God continue to replenish you for the love you have for Him.

      1. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

        Amen thanks Padre God bless you 🙏

    2. Chisom Egwudike says


  2. EZEOHA PeterchukwuEmeka says

    Tank u please I need also an encounter wit Jesus. Please help me wit useful prayers and directions for that.
    When I visit him in the blessed sacrament, what prayer of divine encounter do I have to be praying apart from asking for earthly blessings.
    Thank you fr as you respond and help me out

    1. Sanctus Mario says

      Visit Jesus for the sake of the love you have for him first. Visit to the Blessed Sacrament is a very powerful devotion that many today are yet to discover. Spend quality time with him, not always asking, but to interact with Him, praise Him and listen to Him. Meditate often. Quiet times with Jesus is an experience you will so much cherish, you will be marveled at the inspirations you can get through this.

      1. Mbama Christiana says

        Thank you Padre for today’s breakfast. Padre, in addition to visiting the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel, can I set a particular day where I can have a quiet time and meditation with the Lord in the comfort of my home. Thank you, I await your response.

        1. Sanctus Mario says


  3. Ucstephnine says

    I really wanna encounter Christ personally,have heard people express the joy of encountering him, I wanna be one of them,
    Thank you fr Santos for this, I really enjoyed this , I felt as if Christ was already talking to me.
    Thank you padre.

    1. Sanctus Mario says

      Thank you so much. The encounter has already started. Read his word every day and visit Him in the blessed sacrament. You can begin a devotion, gradually your knowledge of God begins to increase

    2. Gabriel-Martin says

      Amen Fr

  4. Chioma okonkwo says

    Thanks for this wonderful reflection FATHER

    1. Sanctus Mario says

      Thank you. God bless you

  5. ifeanyi says

    I’m thirty and hungry for a personal divine encounter. I need you prayers Father. I truly desire to live for God.

    1. Sanctus Mario says

      Start the journey. Read The Word, Visit Him often. Make it a relationship.

    2. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

      Amen and Amen

  6. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu says

    Thank you so much for the clarification and edification of this timeless piece, God bless you as keep good Catholics busy with word of God. U have made me to get notebook for Sunday readings. Thank you Fr for wonderful effort and may bless you immensely. Remain blessed and stay safe. Happy Sunday.

    1. Sanctus Mario says

      Amen. God bless you more. Keep it up.

      1. Michael Jones says

        Amen.thank you father

  7. Vitalis Chukwuebuka says

    This is inspiring Fr. I really need Jesus in my life.

    1. Sanctus Mario says

      Seek Him with all your heart, you will find him. God bless you dearest

  8. Madu chinaza lovelyn says

    Thank you fr for today’s reflection I am lifted after going through it. May God continue to bless you.

  9. Madu chinaza lovelyn says

    Thank you fr for today’s reflection I am lifted after going through it. May God continue to bless you

    1. Sanctus Mario says

      Amen. God bless you dearest.

  10. BeatriceKc says

    Amen. Thanks Fr for this wonderful reflection. I can feel the encounter with Jesus already. Many God continue to shower you with His wisdom. Amen. Thanks so much

    1. Sanctus Mario says

      Amen. Keep it up

  11. Nwadike Lawrence says

    Throughout the LENTEN PERIOD till now, I have lived with all the massages you put on this platform. It is now part of my my daily bread . After reading it, I pass it to as many people and platforms, So that I will not put the light under my bed were others can not make use of it. Just know that I am expecting it daily just like others that depends from me. So that the good news will spread.

    1. Sanctus Mario says

      I will. Happy to see your comment. God bless you so Much

      1. Ibeawuchi Ugochi says

        Lord please I want to encounter you everyday of my life through Christ our Lord. Amen
        Thanks Fr. for this inspiring reflections. God bless you

  12. Anyiam Cornelia says

    I am so impressed by this words, may God continue to enrich u with more wisdom n strength.

    1. Sanctus Mario says


  13. Anyiam Cornelia says

    Thank u Fr. May God continue to enrich u with more wisdom n strength.

    1. Sanctus Mario says


  14. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen. Thank you Padré for I am richly blessed by this piece.

  15. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr.

  16. Nonye Maduka says

    Amen. Thank you fr for this motivational messages. God bless you and give you more wisdom and knowledge as you work in His vineyard

  17. Blessing Iortsugh says

    Amen and Amen.

  18. Diribe Promise says

    This is good. I really learn alot. May God give me d grace to always do His will

  19. Regina Mobu says

    Amen and Amen! Thank you father.

  20. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    Amen and Amen

  21. Jude Uchenna Onah says

    Amen and Amen. Thank You Jesus Christ for giving us Yourself in the Blessed Sacrament.

  22. Enibe Jacinta Amara says


  23. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. Thank you for your fatherly advice and encouragement. May God enrich you with His grace and wisdom.

    Today’s reflection is superb.

  24. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. Thank you for your fatherly advice and encouragement. May God enrich you with more grace and wisdom.

    Today’s reflection is superb.

  25. Carmela U. E. says

    Amen! & Amen! Many thanks and God bless you Fr for the wonderful msg.

  26. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says


  27. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    Happy Easter Padre.
    Lord opens my heart, eyes, mind and soul to experience the fulness of your love expressed at every mass. Amen


    This is very inspiring.

    Thank you very much Father.

  29. Desmond Oloto says

    Amen! Thanks so much for sharing. Many blessings

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