Happy New Year and Happy Monday, Friends!
The Gospel of Luke tells of two disciples walking to Emmaus following Jesus’ death and burial. Though they don’t know it, Jesus joins them and eventually stays for dinner. The Gospel tells us: “When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight” (Luke 24:30-31).
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to join three of our board members for lunch. While we (really) tried to make it a working lunch, it quickly became a chance to laugh and share stories including memories of times we experienced God in mystical or even supernatural ways. Once everyone else had shared I had to admit that I didn’t have any similar stories. Yes, I have encountered God in the mystery of the Eucharist and in moments of incense and music-induced revelation during liturgy, but my ongoing relationship with God has been pretty mundane. I have found and continue to find God in people and the interactions of community, in moments of connection and the embrace of solidarity. Where have you found God? Where do you encounter God now?
Let us pray: God help us seek and find you in all the places you are present for us. Help us see you in moments of transcendence and moments of normalcy. Help us see you in great theologies and in cherished Bible verses. Help us see you in the people we love and those we struggle to love. In all things, help us see you. We ask this through Christ our Redeemer, Amen.
Blessings, friends, on your week! Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.