A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
May 24, 2020
Opening Eyes and Hearts
April 25, 2020
Here we are on the Third Sunday of Easter and we are blessed again to hear the story of the disciples who walked unknowingly with Jesus on the road to Emmaus. I couldn’t help but think that the questions Jesus asked and how astonished the disciples were that anyone would still be unaware of what had happened in the past few days in Jerusalem, are questions that could apply to the state of our world in regard to the COVID 19 situation. How could anyone in our world today not know what is going on? And though we are informed to the best of our ability, questions remain; how long will this last, will we ever feel safe again, what has to happen for “shelter in place” to be lifted, and how will all of what we are experiencing change us and the world we share?
We might do well to take our questions directly to Jesus.
For I believe that the only way we as God’s people will get through this and find normalcy in life again is to stay close to Christ. We need to be with him in prayer, taking all of our concerns, our uncertainty and our anxiety to the One who can calm our fears and assure us of hope. In these times, we must keep the faith and draw on the love and presence of God in our lives to comfort and console us and to lift our spirit in what seem dark times. Only in
Jesus will we find rest for our souls and true joy in life!
Brighter days are sure to come, new life after the storm, days when we will gather again in our beloved Church of St. Francis Xavier. Let us look forward together to the coming joy we will experience when we can once again receive Jesus in the Eucharist. Will we, like the disciples, understand more clearly who Jesus is and how he is made known to us in the breaking of the bread? Do our hearts burn with longing to hear his Word proclaimed? Do we have a true desire to live as his disciples and to share the Good News of his Resurrection? How beautiful it is to walk with Jesus!
We are an Easter people. We are called to proclaim with great joy the message that Jesus lives! Are we like the disciples who finally realized only after Jesus disappeared from their sight that he was indeed the Risen Lord? Perhaps the absence of having Jesus with us in the Eucharist will instill in us a desire to be with him all the more.
Jesus, we love you and we hunger for you to be truly present to us in the Eucharist. You are the Bread of Life; that which we need to survive as your people. Be with us, help us to see your face in one another, heal our hurting world and bless us with renewed health and an increase in love for one another. Grant us hope for renewed life, blessed gatherings and a deeper understanding of who you are. We ask this knowing you hear us and trusting you will make yourself known to us. Open our eyes to see and our hearts to love. In your name we pray. Amen.