Dear friends in Christ,
Today in the Gospel we hear one of the accounts of an appearance of the Risen Lord to His disciples. As they were making their way from Jerusalem to Emmaus, they were discussing along the way all that had taken place in recent days, that is, that Jesus suffered and died on the Cross but also the promising news that He is alive. Given the uncertainty that they were experiencing, it is not surprising that they were overjoyed as they came to recognize that it was the Risen Lord who was accompanying them along their journey.
It goes without saying that many people do not know what to think given the present uncertainty in light of the pandemic. Yet the Gospel today assures of that even though we may be tempted to lose hope, we ought never be afraid for God is faithful to His promises. Jesus is truly Risen and remains with us by His Spirit that He has given us.
As you have been walking or driving by Saint Joseph Church you undoubtedly have seen the two sets of sequential roadside signs that have gone up alongside Maryland and Meramec Avenues and made possible by an anonymous donor. If you haven’t seen them, I respectfully draw your attention to what is written on them:
Have no anxiety
The peace of God will guard your hearts (Philippians 4:6-7)
Pray without ceasing (Thessalonians 5:16)
And know that I am God (Psalm 46:11)
Be faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12)
God is with us even through the most difficult times of our lives. Indeed, the Scriptures tell us not to be anxious but to trust in Him. We are called to listen to Him in our hearts by committing ourselves to prayer so that we can personally experience His love for us. May the Risen Lord bless us all, especially those who are suffering at the present time, and may He give us all His deep and abiding peace.