During this covid-19 lockdown many people are seen walking in pairs, as they take their open-air allowable exercise. Such link-ups encourage conversation. This would have been the experience of Cleopas and his companion, as they made their way on the road to Emmaus just after the Resurrection, in the Gospel of Luke. This passage, used often at funerals, is used to give a reflection on the Christian pilgrim’s journey of life. Every journey has a destination, given or chosen, wisely or unwisely picked. Cleopas and partner have chosen unwisely and travel in the wrong direction away from Jerusalem, where the Resurrection has just taken place. Their direction is dramatically changed by their encounter with Christ.
The pilgrim journey of every faithful disciple of Jesus is not an easy one: difficulties are encountered, opposition is met, temptations to divert from the straight road come. But for every individual, pair, group or community of believers, Christ guarantees us his presence. He walks with us and shares our sufferings and problems in his humanity and directs our focus to the divinity of the Father in heaven.
Travellers need food to sustain them. For us believers that food is Christ, the Bread of Life, coming to us in the celebration of the Eucharist. He comes to us in both Word and Sacrament. Sadly, at this time we are deprived of the sacramental experience, while our church doors are closed. Happily, the words of Holy Scripture are always available to sustain us on our journey. Jesus supported his companions on the Emmaus road, as he opened up the scriptures to them and in the breaking the bread. Today’s difficulties are an encouragement to us to read the holy word more and allow the Lord to explain it to us in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is Christ’s promise to us on our next immediate destination: the Feast of Pentecost. May this time be a period of serious preparation for the coming of the Spirit, when, hopefully, the doors will be open for our communities.
There is one thing I ask of the Lord, for this I long: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to savour the sweetness of the Lord; to visit his holy temple. (Ps. 26)
For our holy father, Pope Francis, our bishop Philip, and all our Clergy:
That, in the unique situation created by the global pandemic, the Holy Spirit will console and strengthen them in proclaiming the good news of Christ’s Resurrection and victory over death.
For all national and world leaders:
That they will work closely with one another in a united fight to speedily find ways to cure and prevent Covid 19.
For the community of the parish of Christ the King:
That we may be given peace, joy, and freedom from all fears on this wonderful feast of Easter
For all who believe in our Lord Jesus Christ:
That they will storm heaven with their prayers and that God will speedily help mankind amid the coronavirus outbreak.
For those in our parish and throughout the world who are ill, lonely, worried, or bereaved:
That God will tend all the sick, soothe the suffering, rest the weary, and pity the afflicted.
For all those who have died recently and especially for Bruno Felletti and Anthony Kane
Through God’s mercy, may they be received into the joy of heaven and the company of all his saints.
Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer