Written on: April 22, 2020
Just two weeks ago we celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus, clearly a sign for all Christians of God’s love and forgiveness, and of hope.
As we move through Eastertide there is an aspect of our time that we need to reflect upon as we walk with Jesus and the disciples on the way to Emmaus to complete the story of Redemption. Then and now, confusion and stress is rampant; signs of hope and stability are challenged at every turn.
Each of us is called in this time of a world-wide pandemic to not only address its many challenges personally, but also to respond to the needs of others: friends, neighbors, the poor, the lonely, the sick, the aged, the disabled and most important, the forgotten – in our prayer and love and in personal assistance, in whatever way we are able. The opportunities are limitless.
Today’s message of Emmaus, as Jesus walks with the disciples, guides us in our response to those severely impacted by the pandemic.
It is always a challenge to put ourselves in the shoes of another – the pain that they may be experiencing, the loss of a loved one, or the stress they may struggle with on a daily basis. Though we cannot know the pain, yet to seek to know it may be to find it. It may be a neighbor or a stranger. No matter!
As we walk with Jesus on the road to Emmaus, let us join with the apostles in listening well to Jesus’ call to love one another as He has loved us.
Are not our hearts burning within us as He opens the scripture of our lives?
Sister Mary Brendan Connors, served as educator and administrator at Holy Angels Academy and D’Youville College. Her life in ministry has included 15 years in leadership of the congregation, and 31 years directing the D’Youville College Learning Center. Sr. Mary Brendan has no idea how to sit back and do nothing in retirement. Both in Buffalo, and now at Lafayette Redeemer, Sr. Mary Brendan is always at the service of others.
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