Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
With the Easter incense of the Resurrection of our Lord still lingering around us, it is good to pause and witness the heart-warming scene on the road to Emmaus. Two bereaved disciples are walking along their own via dolorosa, believing that everything in their world is falling apart. They are overcome with the trauma drama of the last few days when they witnessed the swift and tilting death of the Man they had believed was their redeemer. He was pure and innocent. A worthy Man notable for only the incredible good he had done… As darkness settles around them a quiet and unassuming Fellow Traveler walks in step with them, questioning their despair. After listening to their woes, He begins to speak hope to them. He draws their gaze deep into the surety and the richness of the scriptures referring indubitably to the Truth of a Wounded Healer, a Living Redeemer, the Son of God who incarnated as the Son of Man, who by his death and resurrection grounds all of human history in the hopeful faithfulness of the Love of God. The two men welcome the Speaker to their table, the altar of their souls, and just as he has just broken open the light of the Scriptures to them, He breaks open the loaf of Bread to feed their bodies as he has just fed their souls. By the light of their oil lamp, the Light anoints their hearts with the oil of gladness and of Hope – and moves on to resurrect the Faith, Hope and Love of the other disciples. In the dark of the night, the two men return immediately from Emmaus to proclaim the Good News: Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again, and again, and again, to all who despair and listen to his Word. Will I listen to the Light in the Word of God as I, bearing the scars and sorrows of this world, walk ahead with Jesus? Let me walk with you, Lord, in the light of your word.
Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, to deliver their souls from death, to keep them alive in famine. (Psalm 33:18,19)
Often remind yourself that you are in the presence of God.
St. John Baptist de la Salle
A Happy, Hope-full and Blessed Easter Season (all 50 days!) to you and your family!
Soli ad gloriam
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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.