Walk with Purpose

04-26-2020Weekly Reflection

What does it take for our eyes to be opened? Every day, a man laboriously walks down Main Street of town. With great difficulty but graceful determination, he places one foot in front of the other, uses a crudely made staff for support, and walks. His pace is slow, but he walks. What does he hope to see? Where does he want to go? What does he find? We all walk through life. The type of “walking” life requires is not always physical but is most assuredly emotional and spiritual. We walk, we look, we encounter, and we seek. How we do these things and what we actually find is determined by what we carry and what we allow ourselves to discover along the way. If walking is too challenging for us, we may choose to isolate and stay alone.

If we are afraid to walk, we may become overly dependent on others providing for us and abandon the journey. We can walk and pay attention only to what is in front of our feet and never notice the immensity of what is happening around us. The road is never the same twice. The journey is always different. What kinds of things do you notice as you walk through life? It seems that the disciples of the Road to Emmaus missed a lot at first. We do as well.

We are called to walk with purpose, to listen, and to notice things that may not at first be apparent. We have to allow the One who has a special claim on our soul to enlighten, instruct, and inspire us. The incarnate mystery of God is pulsating in and through all of creation, where the presence of the Word who became flesh can be discovered. He has been with us all along. How could we have missed Him? Our journey brings us back to the breaking of the bread, and something begins to stir within us. We begin to understand, and things look differently. Bread, body, wine, and blood bring us to see that everyone and everything is a “Eucharistic” encounter. We become what we eat and we see what we eat. We continue to walk. Our eyes are now opened, and we recognize Him. Our hearts burn. Stay with us. Please stay with us.

¡En Verdad Ha Resucitado!

Continúa la alegría y el ambiente pascual; el aroma de las flores, la pila bautismal y el Cirio Pascual que nos alumbra en cada celebración de la Eucaristía. Su presencia disipa toda duda y oscuridad. La antífona de entrada que ilumina la alabanza de los fieles: “Aclama a Dios, tierra entera. Canten todo un himno a su nombre. Denle gracias y alábenlo. Aleluya.” La narración del Evangelio de San Lucas que invita a dejar la ceguera para vivir en la luz de Cristo; abandonando la incredulidad, profesando una fe firme en el Resucitado. Júbilo total en este Tercer Domingo de Pascua.

En el relato del camino de Emaús, Jesús se aparece a sus desanimados discípulos haciéndose el desconocido. En el camino, les explica las Escrituras y luego a su invitación de quedarse con ellos porque ya cae la tarde, se sienta a la mesa, toma el pan y lo bendice, lo parte y al dárselo a ellos desaparece. Entonces el sentimiento aflora en ellos y se dicen: “¡Con razón nuestro corazón ardía, mientras nos hablaba por el camino y nos explicaba las Escrituras!” (Lucas 24:32). ¿Reconocemos a Jesús cuando camina con nosotros? ¿Sabemos cuándo parte el pan y nos lo da? Por último, ¿Cuándo arde nuestro corazón al escuchar las Escrituras? Son simples preguntas que llevan a una conversión penetrante si se profundiza en ellas. En esta línea se mueven las lecturas de hoy; confirmar la fe y la esperanza. Acercarse al nuevo comienzo de la Pascua es lo esencial. Jesús catequiza y evangeliza, a la misma vez, a sus desalentados discípulos. Quita su ceguera haciéndoles ver como las Escrituras habían anunciado ese escándalo de la Cruz. ¡Aleluya!

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