That night at supper table the stranger took the loaf of bread, and he blessed it, broke it and gave it to each of them. Immediately, their eyes were opened to recognize him as their beloved Master Jesus! With that recognition, Jesus disappeared from in front of them.
A Word of Hope
On Easter Sunday this year, many of our church members took the opportunity to worship together in the same space for the first time in over a year. Though socially distance and with excellent safety precautions in place, it was a Resurrection Sunday to truly celebrate!
People celebrate Easter for many reasons. The ancient pagans celebrated this time of new birth for earth’s plants and animals. It marked a new beginning and refreshment for their lives after a long cold winter. Early Christians added to this tradition their remembrance of Jesus’ resurrection and their promise of new and eternal life with him in heaven.
That hope broke loose the chains of the old and opened new prospects for growth in their spiritual lives. In the little town where I grew up, Easter was such a time. Added to those thoughts of celebration was the possibility of a new suit and shoes to wear to church for my brother and me. For our mom it was a new hat and for our dad, it probably meant a leaner wallet to pay for all of it.
The family would assemble at someone’s house and a dinner with far too much food was always gorged down by happy celebrants. Easter was anticipated and celebrated with great joy. No one wanted to miss Easter. We are still in the Season of Eastertide. What does Easter mean to you? That’s a really important question to ask oneself and get a good solid answer. Does its meaning seem to be a superficial celebration, or is it an opportunity to reflect on the hope and joy of relationship with God now and forever?
Does it encourage you to plunge deeper into a spiritual journey with guidance of the Holy Spirit? Does it confirm and strengthen your desire to live a more vibrant life following the teachings of Jesus? Meditate about this for a few minutes before you begin today’s activities. How will it change what you do and say around others? Will these thoughts improve your Christian witness to the world?
My God, I come before you in this moment of quiet. I want to be fully present to you so that you can speak to my soul and enlighten my mind. Motivate my hands and feet into ministry which honors you, and in all things that I do and all that I am, may you be glorified and manifested into this world. May your presence which is expressed through my life become a blessing to others. Amen.
Donald (Luke) Day
Order of St. Francis and St. Clare