Where Is God? (Part 1)

How can I better see what is right in front of me?

 

One of the disciples on the road to Emmaus being joined by another traveler
One of the disciples on the road to Emmaus being joined by another traveler

 

My prayer response:

God, why is it is so hard to recognize Your presence? Help me to perceive You more quickly and clearly, I pray.

 

The second disciple on the road to Emmaus interacting with  a fellow traveler
The second disciple on the road to Emmaus interacting with a stranger

 

Biblical touchstones:

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.

Jesus as a pilgrim walking between Jerusalem and Emmaus
Jesus as a pilgrim walking between Jerusalem and Emmaus

And Jesus said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 

Jesus joins the two disciples on the road
Jesus joins the two disciples on the road

He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive.Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. Luke 24:13-27

 

Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely God is in this place—and I did not know it!”  Genesis 28:16

 

Invitation to prayer:
What prayers are emerging from your heart, mind, and body? Pray them now. Let them lead you where you need to go.

 

Passion and Resurrection Window Chartres

 

Photos: Jesus and two disciples on the road to Emmaus during the first Easter day. Top left hand panel of the twelfth century passion and resurrection stained glass window in Chartres Cathedral.

 

St. Augustine, the church father who lived from 354-430 gave this description of his search for God and God’s finding of him: “Late have I loved you, o Beauty ever old, ever new, late have I loved you. You were within me, and I was outside myself and it was there that I sought you and, myself disfigured, I rushed upon the beautiful things you have made. You were with me but I was not with you. They held me far from you, those things which would not exist if they did not exist in you. You called, you cried out and you broke through my deafness, you shone out, cast your radiance and put my blindness to flight, you shed your fragrance and I drew breath and pine for you, I tasted you and so I hunger and thirst for you, you touched me and I burn with love of your peace.” (Confessions 10.27.38)

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