Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
After encountering the risen Christ, Cleopas and his companions hurried back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples about their personal revelation of Jesus on their walk to Emmaus. Soon after they excitedly told their friends that Jesus was alive, he showed up in their midst! His greeting of “Peace be with you!” was in sharp contrast to their ‘startled’ and ‘terrified’ countenance; perhaps this is why Jesus rarely shows himself to us in person. What happened next is the natural and necessary follow up to any revelation of our Lord, whether by story or in person: Jesus projected his peace into their beings and ‘opened their minds’ to his real identity and crucial purpose in life, that is the fulfillment of God’s mercy and plan for the salvation of humanity. Today more than ever we need to return to our ‘companions on the journey’ and bear witness to our own experiences of Christ Jesus. Then he will ‘show up’ wherever two or three are gathered in his name. In this way we will receive his peace and be refreshed by his risen presence among us and will know beyond any shadow of doubt his identity as the living Son of Man who is the Son of God, and his role in our own salvation. How quick am I to participate in the confusing news items of the world, the flesh and the devil? How quickly do I receive and proclaim the good news of Jesus, risen from the dead? Christ Jesus, speed my steps to proclaim your good news and receive your peace.
Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. (Acts 3:20)
Actions speak louder than words. Let your words teach and your actions speak.
St. Anthony of Padua
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.