Everyday Spirituality

Archive for May, 2011

Light of Christ:50 Days after Easter

Have you ever noticed how often Jesus interacts with people while they are going about their normal daily routine? The Emmaus story is just such a story. These two friends were walking along back to their home, a bit sad. Their hopes and dreams for the Messiah had not come to fruition. He did not appear to secure their freedom from Israel.

We spent forty days preparing for Easter. Fasting, sacrificing, and spending more time in prayer, becoming more penitent for our short comings and our sinfulness. So now what? Now is the time to rejoice and celebrate the love and light of the world. Alleluia! Alleluia!

My favorite part of the Easter Vigil liturgy is the ritual lighting of the new paschal candle from the newly created and blessed fire. This fire burning brightly in our church is a reminder of what should be burning brightly in our hearts. Just as the two companions experienced their hearts burning as Jesus spoke to them. Can we not expect to experience the same burning each time we pray with scripture? This burning is not from a consuming fire, but rather a stirring of excitement within…a realization of what has been done for us.

During the time after Jesus’ resurrection he appeared to those who loved him calming their fears, erasing their doubts, and even nourishing their bodies. With each encounter, he met them where they were, from the upper room to the seashore.

The Risen Christ wants us to believe that he is with us and will be with us until the end of time.  

These 50 days after Easter are building towards the magnificent feast of Pentecost. It is the perfect time to let your eyes sparkle with the light of Christ. It is the perfect time to speak words of encouragement lighting the way for those around you. It is the perfect time for a gentle touch to warm the heart of someone lost and alone.

Let your Baptismal light shine through in all that you do. Christ is the Light of the World and we have been brought into that light to shine with his love.

 Let your light shine! (Matt. 5:16)

Lord, lead me through your holy Light. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet! May your words light the path of my journey through life.

Christ be our Light! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

 

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New Life:Post Hip Replacement

“…do not be unbelieving, but believe.”

(John 20: 27b)

After years of pain, some months ago through prayerful discernment I decided to go forward with total hip replacement. At first I was hoping that if I just strengthened the muscles in my leg I would be able compensate for the chronic hip pain. It became apparent months later that physical therapy would not be enough.

“O Lord, I will trust in you! (Ps. 55:24c)

I initially struggled with the decision to replace a part of my body that God had given to me, but I eventually found peace with the decision. I prayed in thanksgiving that God had given the knowledge and understanding to my doctor to perform this surgery. I thought about those soldiers severely wounded in combat in need of new limbs and I gave thanks for them. I thought about those injured in accidents that needed a new hip and I gave thanks.

“Splendor and majesty go before him;

praise and joy are in his holy place.” (1 Chr.16:27)

I have simply been blessed by those who came before me in need of this prosthesis surgery. I have also been blessed because I had information about an awesome surgeon who saw the value in keeping up with the latest surgical procedures. I give thanks for his talent and dedication.

The timing of my surgery, right after Easter Sunday, is highlighting the Resurrection for me. Jesus came that we might have life everlasting, that we might live to the fullest our call. For me the success of this surgery has been a tiny splinter of the resurrection. I have been healed and given a new life without hip pain and hindered mobility.

I rejoice in the Lord!

In times like this you have the opportunity to be touched by prayers and nourished by those who prepare food for you. I would also like to express how wonderful and attentive my husband has been to me during this time of recovery.

I invite you to look for the little resurrections in your own life and give thanks for them.