MySpiritualAdvisor.com’s Mark Kurowski reflects on our ability to see Jesus. Where is he when we need him? How can we find him? Listen to this podcast of his reflection on the readings for 3rd Sunday of Easter to find out what this all means. Please read Luke 24:13-35. #GreatPreaching #Prayer #Sermons #Homilyhelper #SeeingGod #EASTER
MySpiritualAdvisor.com, this is Mark Kurowski with a reflection for Sunday, 5/4/2014 The 3rd Sunday of Easter.
Please pause this audio and read Luke 24:13-35.
How many of us have been in the presence of people who did not believe when there was a conundrum, a crisis, or a tough situation and we began to pray silently in our hearts? We didn’t have to say anything out loud, but we prayed deeply and silently in our hearts and then, voila!, the situation was solved. For those of us who have faith, we know that the Lord interceded. For those who didn’t believe, they would say in amazement something like, “Oh! Never mind. It worked!”
I have prayed for nurses to be able to stick a parishioner after several failed attempts only to have them exclaim this way. I have prayed for the pain of a sunburn to be relieved, only to have it stop hurting. I have prayed for couples to find SOMETHING to relate to in marriage counseling. Some of our staff members in University Ministry have experienced the same thing. Once I did this little prayer thing and another person, a woman, who believed was in the room. After the exclamation by a third party, she winked at me as if to say, “Yeah, I saw the Lord in this room, too.”
“He was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.” This passage from Luke 24:35 is one of my favorites. Yet, the scene of the Walk to Emmaus is filled with all kinds of information that should have pointed to belief in the Resurrection and a recognition of Jesus right away. In fact, when Jesus begins to walk with Cleopas and the other disciple, they recount to Jesus the things that point to the Lord being with them. They tell Jesus about himself, “Jesus was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people.” He was crucified, they say. Some women among us found an empty tomb. There were angels that told them he was raised from the dead, they say. Others from our group went to the tomb and saw the same thing, they said.
It might be easy for us who believe and have experienced Easter so many times to say to these two who are walking to Emmaus (with great sarcasm): “We are sorry that the Lord did not part the Red Sea for you, but only raised Jesus from the dead.” Not even this appearance and a recounting of how Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament by Jesus Christ himself would help them see Jesus right there before them! It is only when he gave them the Eucharist that they saw him for who he was and is.
How many of us have done the same thing? How many of us have had things right in front of us and exclaimed, “I wish the Lord would just show me his will?” How many of us are stressed out beyond belief with our jobs, take it home with us, are irritable, and can hardly drive our car into the parking lot, yet sit there and say, “I wonder what God’s will is for my life?” How many of us watch children who are hurt by others, it breaks our heart and we wonder, “I wonder what God’s will is for our lives?” How many of us are broken hearted by the natural disasters and scratch our heads saying, “I wonder what God’s will is for our lives?”
Look, Cleopas and the other disciple were SAD. They were sad because they couldn’t put two and two together about the resurrected Lord. Yet, how many of us see tragedy, angst, hurt, deprivation, etc., and ask, “Where is the Lord?” How many of us have someone open the door for us on a bad day and wonder, where is the Lord? How many of us lose a job, a friend, a goal that we once had, only to be forced into choosing another direction, yet wonder where is the Lord?
Well, I am sorry that God only sent Jesus risen from the dead for us to see what he wants us to do and forgot to part our Red Sea! If we believe that God answers the prayer, ‘give us this day our daily bread,’ then why are we looking everywhere else but the oven? Why are we looking down like Cleopas and the other disciple? Why are we not looking up to see that the Lord is already there?
We are not alone in this lack of faith. Jesus appeared to the Apostles in the very next section of the Gospel of Luke. He says to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do questionings arise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see;…” The angels told the women. The women told the disciples. Cleopas and the other disciple tell the apostles. The apostles need to have Jesus appear to them for them to believe.
We, on the other hand, we have the cloud of witnesses. We have the fathers, mothers, prophets, priests, disciples, apostles, we have the Church militant, the Church suffering and the Church triumphant going before us, praying for us. We have the Scriptures and the liturgy. We have the history and the hymns. We have the movements and great awakenings throughout history. We have nearly two thousand years of testimony, but we are still waiting, “When is the Lord going to show me the way?” “Where is God in my life?”
Look up. He is there. He has been there the whole time, like Jesus was there with Cleopas and the other disciple. He is prompting the smile. He is prompting the holding of the door. He is prompting the new school, the new program, the new job, the new relationship. He. Is. There.
Stop for a moment and look at your own life. Where are you struggling and wondering where God is, if he is there at all? Think of all the little things, the nudges, the opportunities that are before you. Think of all the ways in which he is walking with you through your pain, through your sadness, through your fear. Think of how he is bringing you healing and rejoicing in the face of perceived failure by the world. Stop yourself from having to look back five, ten, twenty, thirty, forty years from now and say, “he was there all the time, I just wasn’t paying attention.” Pay attention now. Look for the Lord now. Do not wait for him to come to you again. Look for him now. Look up. See the Lord is here. Amen? Amen.
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