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At times in our lives, we have been “the disciples on the road to Emmaus”: feeling lost, alone, sad, confused and perhaps angered by our personal Calvary experience.

Reading:  That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened.
Good morning, Happy Wednesday, and many blessings my dear family.,
In today’s Gospel (Luke 24:13-35) we hear Luke’s version of the story of the walk to Emmaus. We know this story well. Most likely, if someone asked us, we easily could tell them the story. Familiarity can be good but at times, but it also can be a hindrance. Today I invite you to read this Gospel passage again. Read it slowly and attentively. Be open to the message that Jesus has for you today. After reading the passage, take a few minutes and quietly listen for Jesus’ message.

At times in our lives, we have been “the disciples on the road to Emmaus”: feeling lost, alone, sad, confused and perhaps angered by our personal Calvary experience. True, it was not literally our crucifixion and death. Yet, most likely it was a time of great pain, confusion, anger, sadness, or loss. Or it might have been a time when a significant person or part of your life died to you. Take a moment and remember one of your Calvary experiences. And like the disciples who never thought they would lose Jesus, you also were lost, sad, confused, depressed and perhaps angry.

What was that time in life like for you? How long did it take you to begin to recover and begin to come back to life? Did your faith sustain you during this time? Or did Jesus/God feel light years away from you? Was there any sense (small though it may have been) that God, Jesus or the Spirit was with you, sustaining you, strengthening you? These times are extremely difficult and they may threaten our trust and faith in God. We all know that bad things happen to good people! However, when they happen to us, our natural reaction is to question: “Why me? Why did God let this happen?”

Yet, if we hold onto our faith in God, Jesus eventually will appear to us again, most likely in unexpected ways, places, or people. The question is: will our mind and hearts be open? Or will they be closed by anger, fear and loss? Today may we pray for the grace to trust that Jesus will come to us! May we trust and believe (to the best of our ability) that Jesus IS with us always!

This story also throws light on my ways of praying. I begin on my own, perhaps out of sorts. Jesus walks with me, but I hardly notice him at first. Prayer really starts when I pour out my heart to him. He listens well. Then he enlightens me: perhaps a line of Scripture comes alive for me, or a way to face my problem. My heart becomes lighter. Perhaps it even begins to burn a little as it did for the pair on the road! The Emmaus scene throws light on what goes on in the Eucharist. After feasting on the Word, we celebrate a sacred meal with God. Jesus gives us, not simply ordinary bread, but his very self. Deep down in that mysterious place we call the heart, we are nourished, given food for the journey of life. Our God is a self-giving God! All we need is to be empty and hungry enough to receive God.



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Wednesday, April 20, 2022 - 12:30

Ministry at the time of Coronavirus (Covid 19): Prevent, cure and accompany

Now we have to shape what some have started calling; The Church at Home. Although I keep asking myself; What do those who do not have a home do? For this reason, at the same time, I am declaring today in our Holyrood Church a Lenten day of prayer, fasting and reading the Bible in the Time of the Coronavirus.

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