Sunday, May 8, 2011
Recognizing Jesus Through Mary
The Emmaus Walk of today's Gospel is about trust and faith; it is about seeing Christ in every word of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. It is also about the power of the Eucharist and recognizing Jesus there as well. The disciples on that walk with Jesus recognized Him in the breaking of the bread after their minds had been opened to the Scriptures.
I often think of the Mass as an Emmaus Walk. We listen to God's Word in the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit will, hopefully open up those Scriptures for us with the help of our priest's homily, and then we prepare to recognize and receive Jesus in the the breaking of the bread.
Present too, in all of this is our Blessed Mother. Jesus gave her to us at the Cross. She will always lead us to Jesus if we entrust ourselves to her. Through Our Lady we will be given the faith and grace we need to recognize Him in Scripture and in the breaking of the bread.
There is no one better to help us recognize Jesus in all the ways He wishes to manifest Himself to us.
May God bless all mothers on this Mother's Day.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.