Encounters on the Journey – Reflection for 11 AUG 2019
For the first seven weeks of this season after Trinity, we have looked at the way our parish is Submitted to the Authority of Scripture, Formed by Liturgy and Sacrament, and Joined Together in a Sacred Journey. In the remainder of the season after Trinity, we will look at the ways in which we journey together. The Collect from the Daily Office for Thursday Evening, and the journey with the risen Christ to Emmaus which it recalls, is a fitting way to begin our consideration of our Sacred Journey.
Lord Jesus, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, and awaken hope, that we may know you as you are revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake of your love. Amen.
Over the next seven weeks, we will consider our encounters with the risen Christ in our own journey as we explore the ways we encounter Christ in the Body and Blood, as His Body the Church, as the Word made flesh among us, in prayer and contemplation, and in the least of these. For the final seven weeks of the season, we will consider the companions, ancient and contemporary, who journey with us.
As we begin considering our Sacred Journey, I invite you to spend some time this week with Cleopas and his friend as they encounter Christ on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). What hopes, fears, joys, disappointments, questions, doubts, and wonders are you bringing on our journey? When have you been most aware and most unaware of Christ walking alongside of you? When has your heart burned as Scripture touched you deeply? How have you seen or how do your wish to see Moses, the prophets, and all of Scripture revealing Christ? How have you encountered Christ in prayer? In what ways have you encountered Christ in community and at the Table? In what ways has Christ surprised you?