Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

May 8, 2011

Stephen Hart

Senior, Communications Major,
Business Administration Minor

Acts 2:14, 22-28
Ps 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
1 Peter 1:17-21
Lk 24:13-35

“Were not our hearts burning (within us) while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?" - Luke 24:32

Of all the post-Resurrection pieces from the Gospels, Luke’s account of The Road to Emmaus has to be my favorite. In many ways, I find it to be one of the most reassuring promises that God guides us throughout our lives to himself.

Like the disciples who are journeying toward Emmaus, we ourselves are on a road, journeying toward God as we experience our lives. Just as Jesus came to the disciples to teach them about his love for Israel through the Scriptures, he comes to us and teaches us of his love, oftentimes remaining hidden, as he was with the pair. While the more recognizable instances of God’s love (e.g. family and friends) are great, sometimes the best instruction in love and following God’s will comes in these hidden ways, e.g. our jobs, our chores, our sorrows & disappointments, and especially the poor.

At the end of the day, Jesus decides the time for hiding is up. He stays with the disciples and reveals himself in the breaking of the bread: the Eucharist. The moment is striking because this might appear to be the most hidden means of all. Yet, Jesus’ actions make the point that it is in encountering him in the Eucharist that our eyes can be opened to seeing him.

Although it seems paradoxical that Jesus wants to show us himself most clearly in that which seems the most hidden, I take it as a sign of God’s good providence for our well-being as we journey through life. At the end of our lives, we all hope that we can look back and at last see revealed the ways in which Jesus has been with us all along, just as he had been with the disciples going to Emmaus.

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