From the Deacon’s Desk 4/26/2020

Dear Friends:

Today we hear from the Gospel of Luke 24:13-35. Two of Jesus’ disciples were walking to a village called Emmaus about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were discussing what happened to Jesus and how the Romans and Jewish leadership had him put to death. As they are walking, Jesus himself joins them but they don’t recognize him.  When he asks them what they’re talking about, they are astonished that this “stranger” did not know what happened over the past few days. They told him how they were hoping that Jesus would be the one to save them from the oppression of the Romans and Jewish leadership. Their hopes were dashed because of Jesus’ death.

Jesus begins to explain to them how Moses and the prophets were referring to him in the Scriptures. As they reach Emmaus, they invite Jesus to stay with them. He does so and during the meal that evening “he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were open and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight.” The two run back to Jerusalem to share what happened to them and to tell those in hiding that they had seen Jesus along the road to Emmaus!

We never know when Jesus might come into our lives in a special time or day. It could be during prayer or as you receive the Eucharist. It could be playing ball with the kids or swinging grandchildren at the park. It might be as you are driving along I-95 or perhaps going for a walk with a friend. If our hearts are open, or even if they are not, Jesus might make himself known to us. Don’t miss that special time; it could change your life and the lives of those around you!

It has been such a long time since the Corona Virus came to be part our lives. Please continue to pray that Our Lord will eradicate it from our world once and for all, AND SOON! When things like this come there is only one way to deal with them. PRAY!

Peace and All Good!

Deacon Jim