Inspirational, Reflection

God Finds You in Your Emmaus

God Finds You in Your Emmaus

Luke 24:13-35

 God Finds us in Emmaus

 It was after three days when the two disciples were travelling back to Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. On their way, they were debating and discussing what had happened in Jerusalem for the last few days about Jesus whom was mighty in deed and words but crucified then buried.

They were so downcast and depressed because their hope was lost. A hope that someone would deliver them from the Roman oppressions.

Their faith was with Jesus Christ, their would be Messiah, who was mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and the people.

 

EMMAUS EXPERIENCE 

Here was a story that all of us can relate as we too experience what the two disciples experienced.

We may have undergone or going through an “Emmaus experience”.

Like the two servants, they had put all their hopes in Jesus believing that with Him, all their dreams for freedom shall be fulfilled at last by the Messiah they long waiting for.

We may have once put all our hopes in other person. With great optimism that this person will be our defender, our champion, our hero.. but at the end, they left us wounded, abandoned, abused and broken.

We may have put our energy to work out our relationships but it never works…

We might exert all our dedications and hard works aiming for that promotion and position but our boss never appreciated what we’ve done.

We may have reached our rock bottom and hit us badly, left us down casted, frustrated, hopeless and undermine.

 

Emmaus the road of Retreat 

Emmaus is the road to our defeat and surrender.

It is where we pity and tell ourselves that we are losers.

It is when we want to return to our old life.

Emmaus is when we walk back to where we came from. It is the road to isolation; we separate ourselves from the rest.

This is the road where we slowly waver in our faith.

 

Emmaus is a journey 

All of us are not exempted from this part of journey.

All of us have walked on the same road.

Like the experience of Cleopas and the other, we have journeyed the same path.

Because on the same road, it is where God find us. It is where He meets us.

We may not look for God while we are on the road to Emmaus but it is God who find us on this road to retreat.

Why? Because God is following us in our Emmaus journey not to condemn us but to encourage us.

Not to blame us but rather to uplift us. Not to let us fall astray but to guide us.

We may find it difficult to see the light in the road to Emmaus but God will surely open our eyes to see rays of light and shade of hope.

 

Emmaus is a walk to remember

Emmaus experience is not only about retreat but an encounter with God.

It is when in this moment that we have the opportunity to experience Him who seeks us.

It’s an occasion to remember because at the moment that we were down, neglected and abandoned, there was a God who never forsakes us.

There is always a God who permanently walks with us.

We are not alone.  We are not forgotten.

 

Emmaus is not our destination 

We should remember that Emmaus is not our permanent destination.

God don’t intend us to be stranded in our Emmaus.

You might be enjoying your stay in your Emmaus right now but God will find a way to win you back.

Our destiny does not depend on people nor governed by events and circumstances. Our Destiny is with God

That is why Jesus commands the two disciples to go back to Jerusalem.

We are encouraged to go back to our Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is where God had called us.  It is where Jesus saves us.

Our Jerusalem is where Jesus is. It is where we belong with the people whom God called.

 

Recognizing God in our Emmaus journey 

By His Presence

In verse 32 says” not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us in the road while He was explaining the Scriptures”

We recognize God by His presence. It is a presence that comforts us.

In His company we find that we are important and He regard our value worthy as we perceived ourselves.

It is a presence that never condemns and reject but rather welcomes and encourages.

 

By His Words 

In verse 27,” then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the scriptures.

We recognize God through His Words by revealing Himself to us.

He has the Words that encourages us and gives us hopes.

Jesus is the Word that gives us life.

 

By the breaking of the Bread

In verse 30-31, God opened their eyes after the breaking of the bread and they recognized the presence of Jesus.

Whenever we are in our Emmaus, encounter God in the Holy Eucharist where we will experience His holy presence, speaks to us through the reading of the scriptures and receive His real presence.

You might be walking back to your Emmaus but it is in the same Emmaus where God will meet you.

Listen to His Words speaking to you right now, feel the burning heat of His presence and meet Him in the Eucharist and allow God to open your eyes and hearts.

 

May you recognize God in your Emmaus,

Mikesendon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspirational, Lenten Reflections, Reflection

DON’T WEEP ON AN EMPTY TOMB

DON’T WEEP ON AN EMPTY TOMB

John 20: 11-18:

Not an ending

Is it not that most of us wept in the past because of losing someone so dear to us?

Is it that some of us after a separation has experience loneliness; brokenness and felt so vulnerable that we wept until we find it normal after a while.

Are we weeping because of a tragic incident in the past that till now, we can’t get over it?

The topic is so provocative; do not weep on an empty tomb.

THE MISSING BODY

Now on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark and saw that the stone was already been rolled.

So she ran out to Simon Peter and with the other disciples and said to them that the stone had been rolled and taken away the Lord out of the tomb.

So Peter and the other disciples went forth and they were going to the tomb but what they found was a tomb with empty wrapping linen lying.

The disciples returned back to their homes except for Mary who remains standing outside the tomb weeping.

WEEPING AND CRYING

Verse 11 says that Mary was still outside the tomb weeping, and as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb.

Mary was so emotionally affected by what happened as only a few days back, she witnessed how her Lord was brutally punished and sentenced to death.

Mary of Magdala cried when the Lord died and when they buried Him. But the weight of her agony was increased when she realized that the Lord’s body was missing.

Like Mary, maybe we asked ourselves when all of this torment will end?

When will all this emotional distress will likely to stop?

Why is it that after all of the beatings, the lashes and the nailing of Him on the cross, have they not finished yet? Now they took Him away from the tomb.

Some of us can relate to Mary’s experience.

There are many times that we cry and weep over things we cannot understand.

We ask ourselves why and we just weep on the things we cannot control.

LOOKING ON AN EMPTY TOMB

Mary cannot get it over.

She wept and stooped looking where the tomb was.

In our life, we cry over spilled milk and we are sorry about it.

We regret of a job that was lost or disappointed on a failed interview because we thought that was already our dream job. We talk about it and we cannot go over it.

You feel sorry for a husband or a wife whom you have been for decades but suddenly disappear because he/she found someone new. You wept and stooped looking on an empty wall, staring at your photographs, reminiscing your memory and asking what has been wrong.

You feel sad that you let your chances to pass by without taking any actions. You look at an unending horizon asking what you will do next.

But never wept and look on that empty tomb because the very thing that we are looking is not our end.

An empty tomb is not a scene of emptiness but a fulfillment of God’s promises.

God promises us not an empty tomb but a life of fullness and rewarding promises.

When Moses and the Israelite were at the brink of their end, God said to Moses “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land.”

We cannot wait to just stare wait for the enemy to attack us.

We cannot just wait for the circumstances to consume and have control over us but rather we have to move forward.

Lift up your eyes to God rather look down on the tomb.

Raise up our eyes on Jesus that was risen rather than stooping on the tomb where he was laid.

We have to take up our staff like Moses and command the sea of depression, loneliness, hopelessness to be divided so that we could be able to walk pass through a dry land of peace, hope, and victory.

THE STONE HAS BEEN ROLLED

The stone has been rolled, now we know that we are not fooled.

Because the fullness of our faith is when Christ resurrected from the dead.

When Christ rises again, we know that our faith is not in vain.

He is alive and in Him, we are alive as well.

It gives us hope that no one can constraint us from our situation.

The stone has been rolled for us to give us the assurance that there is life after death.

Giving us the courage to triumph over every adversary.

The stone has been rolled for us to be free. Free from our sin and freedom from anyone who makes us slaves.

No more chain can bound us, no more stone can hold us because indeed we are free.

DON’T WEEP ON AN EMPTY TOMB

Verse 15 says “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom you are seeking?”

We cry and wept in times that we cannot understand what is happening?

At the time, they did not yet realize and understand what the Scriptures say about Him that He must rise again from the dead.

Many times that we also cry and feel depress because we fail to understand the promises that God have for us.

Don’t be so focused on the empty tomb that we neglect to see the risen Lord.

Don’t be so entertained on the feeling of emptiness but rather focus on the fullness of God’s promises.

God’s words are what we can rely on. It is true and it will come to pass.

Isaiah 12:10-11 says “For just as the rains and snow come down from heaven, and do not return without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing the seed to the sower and the bread to the eater; so will My word be which goes forth from my mouth, it will not return to me empty without accomplishing my desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”

SEEK FOR JESUS WHO WAS RISEN

Verse 15 Jesus says ‘Whom you are seeking?”

Whom do you seek right now?

Are you looking for someone that will not come back any more or something that could never be restored?

Are we looking for evidence or a sign?

If we are looking for evidence, the fact will force us to believe.

After all the evidence and facts are presented, there will be no more room to doubt but believe.

But Jesus who was not in the tomb is a sign for many for us to believe but we have the choice.

Seek for Jesus…seek for His promise because He is alive.

WHEN GOD CALLED YOUR NAME

Verse 16 says Jesus said to her “ Mary!” she turned and said to Him in Hebrew “Rabboni!” which means, Teacher)

When God called us, He will always call us by our name.

When God called us by our name, imagine what will happen.

When Jesus called the name of Lazarus, Lazarus came back to life. His blood might already be coagulated, his heart already stopped pumping, his body was totally frozen but calling his name, his heart stops beating and his frozen body started to move again.

No matter what you are into. You might be in deep trouble right now.

You might be totally broken but when God called your name, imagine what would happen.

Don’t weep on an empty tomb.

May your happiness be full as you remain faithful,

Mikesendon