Dear Parishioners and Friends ,
It has been said and written that all sorrows can be borne if we can tell a story . Well we will have plenty of stories to tell when we meet up again. There is it seems no shortage of stories on the internet , face book and social media. Not all to be trusted. The two disciples in our Sunday gospel ( Luke 24:13-35) have a sad story to tell. Their dream about the message of Jesus is reduced to rubble their hopes for a new world were in ruins. They couldn’t make sense of his death on the cross. in Jerusalem
When they are joined on the road by another companion . They don’t recognize their friend.The risen Jesus accompanies them on their journey . He asks gentle questions .He allows the disciples to talk about themselves ,their dreams, their hurts. He listens to them .In doing this he opens their minds and more importantly their hearts. Then he begins to explain the Word of God. Eventually they understand, they see . Isn’t that how it is . We live our lives forward, but understand them backwards. We don’t always understand what is happening to us in a given moment we often don’t have perspective, or understanding . We just have enough to cope from day to day, hour to hour. So many of us feel that now. It is only afterwards, perhaps long afterwards that we begin to understand what we have been through .
We don’t expect to find God in pain. We expect to find God in joy. This was the discovery of the disciples on the road to Emmaus. They were walking away from their suffering . Note that Jesus joins them on the journey, walks away with them. They are not alone. Because he accompanies them they begin to see their suffering, his suffering and their disappointment in a different light . The disciples came to understand the suffering they had been through in a new way. Finding a meaning to our pain doesn’t remove the pain. It can however transform it.
On the road to Emmaus Jesus explains the scriptures and reveals himself in the breaking of bread. The same happens when we celebrate the Eucharist today. The crucified and risen Lord is still with us on the journey. Take the opportunity sometime today or this week and look back at your life. Your faith. Can you in the light of what you know now understand better what has shaped your past, made you or others make certain decision’s. Can you see where God was ?
105th commemoration of the Armenian Genocide
You will remember that as parish we had planned mark the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with a service of prayer, music and reflection. That is not now possible.
Dr Harry Hagopian was to give the reflection. In the spirt of remembering with our Armenian Sisters and Brothers we are able to offer you some reflections on the Genocide through the links below.
1915-2020: A Few Reflections on the Armenian Genocide:
The Armenian Genocide : a 12-minute video-conversation w/ scholar & author Dr Elizabeth S Kassab on the significance of such atrocities for 2020: https://youtu.be/liVSDRruxdo
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