Do you talk and walk by faith? So much of the world today involves Talking without much follow-through, especially in the area of religious belief. We become too comfortable in our enclosed groups and families that the importance of discipleship becomes lost. We talk about important doctrines such as the Trinity, the Immaculate Conception, the Ascension. However, we don't follow through, we don't learn from the Gospel teachings, from the life of Jesus and the disciples and act in discipleship for those who need it. Think about that neighbour who may need a listening ear, or that child from the soup kitchen who could use a friendly face and learn about life and love in God's eyes. Do you talk and live by faith?
Today's Gospel states:'That very day two of them were going to a village named Emma'us, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, "What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?" And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cle'opas, answered him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?" And he said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up 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 this happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even 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 him they did not see." And he said to them, "O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?" And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread' (Luke 24:13-35).
In today's Gospel we hear how the two men are talking about Jesus, yet they don't recognize him as he comes up to them. Their hearts were burning the whole time they were with him, yet they didn't know. Do we not recognize God acting in our lives, being present? It could be the smallest interaction with a family member where God is speaking to you, guiding you. We need to learn to move past just talking of faith in comfortable situations, but embrace the extreme, talk to that person that needs God's love. Take some time to ask God to help you seek God in the present.
Today's prayer comes from 'ministries' a prayer for living by faith:
Thank You, Lord, for the measure of faith You have given me. I refuse to be moved by outward circumstances, but only by what Your Word says. I will trust in the Lord with all my heart and I will not lean upon my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). Thank You for saving me! Ephesians 2:8 says, "it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God…”. All of the precious gifts You have given me: salvation, healing, prosperity, etc., are connected to my faith, and it's impossible to please You without it. I will keep Your commandments, walk in love, stay in the Word and live by faith! Amen.