Sunday, 19 April 2015

Our own Emmaus

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (No.109)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (24:35-48)

Then they told what had happened on the road to Emmaus, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
As they were saying this, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them.
 Then he said to them, “These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.”  Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. 

I love walking outdoors with our youngest daughter. Children are so observant, tuning into the signs of nature with ease.

‘Look mum there’s a bee hive!’ or ‘There’s a koala up there, fast asleep.' or
‘That was a blue tongue lizard, like the one we used to have in our back yard.’ (We did?)

Yesterday after the rain the trees along the River Torrens were full of screeching cockatoos but Monique said they sounded more like monkeys in the jungle.

Without her company I would have missed all those little signs, glimpses of God’s presence. 

You and I won’t have the great ‘road to Emmaus experience’ that the disciples had. 

Nor we will receive an invitation to touch the wounds of Jesus with our hands. The disciples needed those experiences to be convinced that He had truly risen from the dead.

As Christians this is a message that we take for granted. But let’s not fool ourselves.

We still need our own personal signs of God’s presence in our life. Without them our faith becomes stale.

Let’s ask God for the eyes and heart of a child to see His presence in some unexpected way today.

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.