We continue to celebrate Easter and the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb of death. Some of us may also seek victory over our personal problems nailed to the cross of everyday life.
We yearn for a new beginning. As Christians, we believe that God already knows this; nevertheless we may be desperate for relief.
Until then they had only questions with seemingly no answers. They wondered why their Messiah had not ‘saved’ Himself from crucifixion on the cross. Why had He not shown them and the world of His great power?
This iconic, Biblical story (Luke 24:13-25) is not lost on our modern day dilemmas. Similarly, we may wonder why He has not shown up in a powerful way to help us out of our rejections and unfortunate situations.
Thankfully, the same eye-opening awareness those disciples gained is available for us today. Listen! God’s Word still speaks. His grace still abounds. Through His Word, through the breaking of bread (the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist), things become clearer.
Jesus’ quoting of Old Testament Scripture as He walked with the disciples laid out all of the prophecies that had to happen and how those events followed the path Our Father in heaven had destined.
There are things happening today that simply must take place. Our wisdom and understanding of events come by living with faith in and obedience to, the Son of God.
The risen, glorified Lord continues to walk with each of us every day. He talks to us when we hear and receive His words. He gives us hope and strength when our eyes are opened to see that which is destined.
“He was known before the foundation of the world
but revealed in the final time for you,
who through him believe in God
who raised him from the dead and gave him glory,
so that your faith and hope are in God.” 1 Peter 1:20-21
Participation in Mass means receiving grace available only in the Holy Eucharist. It means being filled with a resurrected optimism and confidence that all will eventually be made well.
He welcomes us to His supper—don’t ignore Him. He invites us to His mercy—don’t miss out. Walk on and persist in celebrating the greatest gift given mankind—a resurrected Messiah.
…Lord, you will show us the path of life... Psalm 16:11