During this holy season, I am reminded again of the power of God's word in our lives. Yesterday's Gospel reading for the Mass was about the disciples on the road to Emmaus.
Remember, Jesus appeared to the two confused disciples on their way to Emmaus.
They were so down, questioning and debating whether the crucified Jesus was truly the Messiah.
Jesus, unknown to the two, spent the day explaining the recent events of his life.
Later at the table, "Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him...
Then they said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?"
How near to us Jesus is in His Word.
His Word is so alive!
The Magnificat, a daily devotional, states, "...in the disciples' disillusionment, Jesus Himself drew near and walked with them."
Jesus is with us in every aspect of our lives, in our joys and disappointments and in our abundance and want. His Word is God's love letter consoling, encouraging, counseling us. His Word is new and applicable for each situation in life. How does He do that? How awesome is our God.
Every time I open scripture, God has something to tell me.
God's word always, every single time, applies to what is current in my life,
a particular struggle, blessing, predicament, challenge, or praise.
Pope Benedict puts it this way...
"We see once more the grandeur of something which we take too much for granted in our daily lives:
the fact that God speaks, that God answers our questions. The fact that, with human words, He speaks to us personally.
We are always aware that we can never entirely exhaust that Word, and that it has something new to say to each generation. If our hearts are alert, and our inner ears are open, we can learn to listen to the word He personally addresses to each of us."
My prayer for you this Eastertide is for a deeper love and connection with God through His Word.
Meet God in His word...go to the Psalms, a great place to start! There is a psalm for every life situation. Bring all of your life to Him through Scripture.
"Your commands have been my delight; these I have loved. I will worship your commands and love them and ponder your statutes." Psalm 119: 47, 48