From the Deacon’s Desk: Prayer and Inspirational Thoughts
April 26 – Third Sunday of Easter
April 24 – St. Vincent de Paul Birthday
“Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” This week we hear the story of the Road to Emmaus which we are so familiar with. Jesus walks with the disciples listening to their stories as they struggle to understand recent events. He helps them to deal with their fears by first walking with them, simply being present, and listening. Then he helps them to understand their struggles by building relationship and trust through conversation focused on truth. He brings them comfort, peace from their fears and truth which opens their eyes to His glory. He gives them a passion, a burning desire born out of that truth and his love for them. During these difficult times, He walks with each of us as well, listening to our fears and offering us His truth, love and mercy. When we focus on Him and our relationship with Him and one another, our hearts burn with desire for understanding. We also thirst for the nourishment of His body and blood in the Eucharist. Our eyes and our hearts will be opened wide on that day we once again share at the Eucharistic table.
As Vincentians, we are confronted with many who are fearful of new challenges in life. We need to offer our presence and listen to their stories. We need to offer relationship and presence to them, walking with them in their time of need. Do I simply offer help, or do I offer myself, uniting fully to those I minister to? Do I listen to their stories with patience and mercy? Do I help them to see past the pain of today to the hope of tomorrow?
Lord Jesus, help me to overcome my doubts and fears, trusting always in your goodness, mercy and love. Allow me to be the wounds of your cross, which help strengthen the faith and hope of others. Let me be the presence others need, building relationship and trust through mercy and compassion. Give me a listening ear and a truthful tongue, just as you had on the Road to Emmaus. Help me to minister with patience and humility, always helping others to see you in all things. We pray all of this in your name. Amen