That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them. (Luke 24: 13-15).
Be it in the church, in conversation, on the road, in your joy, sadness, success, failure, alone, with others and anywhere, our Lord can join you and be part of your life. The road that the two disciples walked along reminiscing of what happened concerning Jesus can be our journey in life where we discover or feel the presence of God in our struggles and challenges. There Jesus walks with us, assures us of his love and mercy.
The most beautiful discovery and experience of the two disciples that day was their recognition of the Lord in the “Breaking of Bread,” the term used by the early Christians for our Eucharistic celebration today. Here is the absolute presence of our Lord, “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, ‘Take and eat, this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, gave thanks and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.’ ” (Mt. 26: 26-28). At Mass we offer the body and blood, soul and divinity of our Lord to the Father. We worship God and lift up our prayers and intentions to God.
Like the two disciples, we, too, have our own Emmaus moment when we experience frustrations and disappointments in life. We are confused and down. But Jesus comes to inspire and encourage us through the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we demand from God for a miracle or outright solution to our problems. But the Lord tells us that hardships are parcels of life, sometimes necessary to attain success. The Lord himself has his Good Friday before his Resurrection, he has his cross before his crown.
Someone said that we should never give up, for all you know the next try will be the one that works. Sometimes facing challenges makes us sharper and more mature. Let us celebrate life, share our blessings with others, carry our cross and trust God for everyday is a new beginning with Him. Be a good person and don’t waste time proving it. “Those who engage in works of mercy have no fear of death” (Pope Francis). “Pray any way you like, so long as you do pray” (St. John Paul II). “For those who love, nothing is too difficult, especially when it is done for the love of our Lord Jesus Christ” (St. Ignatius). Today is the first blank page of a 365 page of our book of life. Let’s write a good one. Amen on that folks!
“I treat them (poor) as my Master would” (St. Faustina- Diary 1282).
Pray the Divine Mercy prayer every 3 pm. Unceasingly pray the Chaplet of Mercy. (Diary 687).
DIVINE MERCY PILGRIMAGE
Join me in pilgrimage to Fatima-Hundred Years Anniversary, Lourdes, St. Therese of Lisieux, Brussels, Amsterdam, Germany, Vienna, Paris, Spain, Divine Mercy, Poland, Our Lady of the Black Madonna, St. John Paul – Wadovice and more from July 1-24, 2017. Pls. Contact Lou Salas at 477-8079, Ann Marie at 649-3221 or me, Fr. Joel at 483-9464.