Some hopes for Lent 2010
Well here we go again: Lent 2010. The forty day period of reflection that allows us to get closer to the meaning of Christ's coming as a human and his suffering , death and resurrection.
I love the story in the gospels of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. It is a tale that unfolds after the death and resurrection of Jesus. The two disciples are feeling low because they do know how much Christ meant to them when he was alive. They feel despondent because they have not really grasped the meaning of his death and they don't have much sense of his presence in their lives, and are probably doubting the facts of his resurrection. Yet they had hoped ............................... and that glimmer of hope keeps them talking and walking.
But they are troubled with grief and sorrow and they walk as we often do when we are feeling at a loss and bewildered as to what to do next.
But somewhere down the road a stranger comes alongside them and as they walk they tell their story about their dreams, their hopes and fears and the stranger somehow opens them up and amazes them by his own knowledge of the scriptures.
They stop and have a meal and it is then that the stranger breaks the bread at the table and they realise that they are with Jesus. There is more to the Emmaus story but this is plenty enough for starters......
Part of my hope this Lent is that I will be able to open a path to walk along and somewhere along the way Jesus will meet me , break bread with me and open my heart to understand his presence in my life and how to live it well for his sake.
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