Life is a spiritual journey. We need to stay with God and talk to Him about the things that truly matter - our frustrations, disappointments, dreams, and hopes. As we talk to Him, He promises to walk with us.
In today's Gospel, two of Jesus' disciples left Jerusalem and embarked on the road to Emmaus bringing with them frustrations, disillusionment, uncertainties, and discouragement. Jesus has died and they don't have any idea on what would happen to them. On their journey, Jesus walked and conversed with them. But they never realized who He was until He broke the bread and shared it to them. Fr. Orly explained in his homily how we, most of the time, long to hear God. Almost always, we wait for Him to speak and reveal Himself to us when all the while, He was just waiting for us to listen.
This can be proven through the following:
WHAT WE PRAY AND WHAT GOD ANSWERS:
We pray: Lord, please make me happy.
God answers: No. I'll give you blessings. Happiness is up to you.
We pray: Lord, please take away all that is evil (vices, addictions, etc.) in me.
God answers: No. It is not for Me to take away, but for you to give them up.
We pray: Lord, please remove my pains and sufferings.
God answers: No. Pain and suffering draws you away from worldly cares and brings you closer to Me.
We pray: Lord, please make me grow in faith.
God answers: No. You have to grow by yourself. But I will prune you to make you more fruitful and beautiful.
We pray: Lord, please let me enjoy life.
God answers: No. I give you life so that you may enjoy everything.
We pray: Lord, please teach me to love the way You love me.
God answers: Finally You know what to pray for.
If our prayers seem to remain unanswered, or if we feel that God is being silent, we must take some time to look into our hearts and ponder on what God has been trying to tell us all this time. In the midst of our greatest fears and doubts, in the middle of our biggest disappointments, let us remain in Christ and keep walking with Christ.
The journey is never easy. But it will always be worth taking because God promised to walk with us every step of the way.
As inscribed in the pews of St. Pio Chapel, pray, hope, and don't worry. We never walk alone. God has been and will always be our "travel buddy." ♥
Enjoy the ride! Savor the journey! :)