by Randy Hain | October 25, 2012 12:01 am
We are all likely familiar with the “walk to Emmaus” (Luke 24:13-35) by two of Christ’s disciples the evening of the Resurrection in Luke’s Gospel. These two men, overcome with hopelessness and discouragement, were talking about the incredible events they had witnessed over the previous few days as they were walking to their home village of Emmaus outside of Jerusalem. As I read this Gospel passage in Eucharistic adoration yesterday, I was struck by the parallels with our modern world. These two men were anxious, despondent, and uncertain of their future and had even begun referring to Christ in the past tense. Considering the times we live in, don’t we sometimes act and think like these two disciples?
The attacks on the Church, the assaults on religious liberty, the sputtering economy and the eroding of values and morality in public life are just a few of the challenges causing many of us to feel discouragement, anxiety and even a lack of faith. The valuable lessons of Emmaus Road are manifold, but four were very apparent to me as I reflected and prayed:
Please reflect on these lessons as I have and pray for the wisdom, discernment and courage to make necessary changes. We are all susceptible to discouragement, anxiety and doubts, but we serve a wonderful, living God who is faithful to His promises. Think about how the disciples felt as they discussed their walk with Jesus: “Did not our hearts burn within us, while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?” (Luke 24:32). We too can experience our hearts on fire if we are faithful and open to the help and love He is always willing to provide.
Have faith, have courage and seek Him out. He is waiting.
Randy Hain, Senior Editor and co-founder of The Integrated Catholic Life™, is the author of The Catholic Briefcase: Tools for Integrating Faith and Work which was released by Liguori Publications. The Catholic Briefcase was voted the Best Catholic Book of 2011 in the About.com Catholicism Reader’s Choice Awards.
Randy Hain’s exciting new book, Along the Way: Lessons for an Authentic Journey of Faith was released by Liguori Publications in November, 2012. Along the Way was recently named a FINALIST in the About.com Catholicism Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Catholic Book of 2012. Learn more here. His third book, Something More: A Professional’s Pursuit of a Meaningful Life, was released in February, 2013. All of Randy Hain’s books can also be purchased at your local Catholic bookstore, Amazon or www.liguori.org.
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