Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Reflection on the Emmaus Story

Today's gospel is one of my favorites--the account of Jesus, after the resurrection, meeting two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus. They don't recognize him and he knows it. But...patient as only God can be patient, Jesus listens to their complaints and tries--without actually coming right out and saying who he is--to give them clues to the reality of the resurrection and what it means in their life. I wrote a poem many years ago--not really because I felt called to do so but because I was asked to write something about this theme for a special liturgy we were having. Somehow the Spirit was with me because it has, over the years, been a reflection that has helped me when I least expected it and, based on comments I've received, has helped and been meaningful to others. I do think that some times God works in really strange ways--and that God has a great sense of humor!


Emmaus Reflection

I walk my life…
Emmaus bound…
Side by side a God
Whose touch I’ve felt in varied grace-gift ways.
And yet – at times –
Dismayed…
Distraught…
Distressed…
I cry—fear-filled—
“I had hoped…
“I had hoped…”
and mourn, because—it seems—
A God all-giving does not give…
A God all-present is not there…
A God all-loving does not touch…
 

And then
In tender tones that mingle
Love
And understanding of my foolish ways
And question why I am so slow to understand,
My gentle God reminds me
Of the gift that I have been…
The presence
Of the God-ness I have shared…
The touch of God
That flows in gentle rhythm
Through the music of my life.
And so…Emmaus-come…
I know my God…
                                                                                      
                                                                                         Ann Marie Slavin, OSF

 

 

 

1 comment:

Melinda said...

That's a truly lovely poem--you have a gift.
Melinda

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