Third Sunday of Easter – Sister Mary Cluderay, SNDdeN

Apr 10, 2024 | Gospel Reflections

April 14, 2024

Luke 24: 35 – 48


I began to write these words during Holy Week and my first thought comes from my years as a Novice in 1948 when I began to study deeply the life of Jesus. I remember reading in the Gospel during Holy Week, the words of Jesus ” I have longed and longed to eat the Paschal meal with you.” This translation comes from many years ago and I have not been able to find it after over 75 years. My reason for mentioning this is because all through the ensuing years I have pondered on their meaning. I always believed that the nearness of the agony Jesus was to undergo must have destroyed any experience of “longing.” But how much I have learnt across these many years and I thought you would be interested to share my experience.

Slowly I began to realize that the Incarnation when Jesus became fully human is one whole movement of God’s showing us His Love totally. HIs words of “longing” are true and marvelous! Each of the actions, words, thoughts conversations are all telling us that every detail from Bethlehem to Calvary forms one extended message.Today’s Gospel speaks clearly and with passion that “the disciples told their story of how they had recognized Jesus on the road at the breaking of bread.”

Jesus continues his conversations to all who meet Him. “PEACE be with you Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts?
I think we all have a call each day to see the message God is sending us through His companionship for which we must search unceasingly. “He then opened their minds to understand the Scriptures and he said to them, ‘So you see how it was written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,………'”

The message too of the importance of the “breaking of the bread” when the Disciples recognized the Risen Jesus.


Luke 24: 35 – 48

The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way, and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of bread.

While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them.

He said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”

The Gospel of the Lord


Meet Sister Mary Cluderay, SNDdeN

Sister Mary was born in Leeds in 1930, the seventh child in a family of eight. The other children were all boys. She was a pupil in Notre Dame High School, Leeds from 1944-1948 and she entered the Sisters of Notre Dame on September 24th 1948. She became a two-year Student in Our Lady’s College Mount Pleasant Liverpool and continued her studies for an additional three years in Liverpool University where she gained a B.A honours in General Studies. Subsequently she taught as an assistant teacher in Notre Dame Schools in Northampton, Worth and Battersea. She became Head Teacher of Notre Dame High School, Norwich in 1968 and retired in 1995. For a period of six years she worked with the National Health Department for Mental Health in Norwich. She was then asked to serve as the Moderator in the Parbold Community in 2000. It was a wonderful experience for her during 9 years as a member of the Community of over 20 Sisters, some of whom were frail and elderly. During this time, she joined an art class in the Parbold village and also a choir of men and women. They visited care homes and other groups. She also attended parish groups as the Synod preparation began. Her main interest now is to continue to read and study Theology and Scripture and she took classes in the use of laptop computers. She is now almost 92, but she has good mobility and her mind is still active. In 2020, shortly before lockdown began, she was asked to move to Birkdale, a community of 30 Sisters. Sister says that all her years as a Sister of Notre Dame are continuing to bring her joy.