10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Jane Borg (No.191)
Reading: Luke 24:13-25
25 “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken”
The Easter Tridium is over but we remain in the celebratory season of Easter for eight weeks as we contemplate the resurrection of Jesus and the new life that is available to each of us as a result.
Yet in the midst of this we can still find ourselves questioning how this can really be. Visiting the Holy Land last year, and especially in Jerusalem, I found myself struggling to connect the reality of Jesus and his story with the place today. Did I have expectations not met? At the time, maybe. In retrospect, no. I have had time to reflect on what I saw and experienced.
These disciples had expectations! A dead Messiah did not meet them. They were disheartened and their hearts closed because they had not understood the Messiah as promised by God through the prophets. They did not understand the Messiah would win their eternal freedom not end their earthly oppression.
So it can be with us. We can miss the plot by concentrating on who we think God should be and what he should do for us. We are seeing the world through our eyes, that are often weighed down by earthly worries – just like these disciples.
Living as a disciple of the risen Christ calls us to look at our lives in the light of Christ. The cross is ever present but the resurrection won us victory over the cross. So even though it can be easy to see only the struggle we need to remember it is only a little bump on the hill towards eternal life.
We can help keep this perspective by asking God to remind us each day that he has won the big battle and he is there to help us fight the little ones each day. Join me in asking Jesus to open our hearts to His good news – He has beaten death and invites us to live a new life in Him. In this Easter season, let’s choose life.
Read the scripture slowly.
Reflect on its meaning for you.
Listen for God's voice in the stillness.
Pray for God's blessing upon you.