by Mark Anthony Muya
They say that forgetfulness is a gift. Sometimes, it means running away from hurts and difficulties. Remembrance, on the other hand, is making present the things dear to us, those we wish to never forget.
On the road to Emmaus, while the two disciples were hopeless because of the Messiah’s death, they recalled Jesus’ words and deeds. Being unrecognized in his glorious body, Jesus approached and accompanied the two disciples. Possibly, these two disciples were trying to forget the unthinkable ending of Jesus’ life. With such in mind, who can think that the one walking with them is the Lord?
Despite all that is going on within them, they extended their generosity and hospitality. Because the two disciples opened their home to a stranger, Jesus helped them remember Him through the breaking of the bread. It was in the opening of doors, sharing of space, and partaking of meal that they recognized Jesus in their midst. This also invites us to make a space in our hearts for God, share to Him whatever we have inside, and He will help us recognize Him in the midst of what is happening. “Do this in remembrance of me.” These words that we keep hearing in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass shall help us recall our relationship with God in this eternal covenant. These words shall move us to remember that in spite of our struggles, hurts, crises, doubts and anxieties, never ever forget that God is accompanying us in this life journey.
These words shall move us to remember that in spite of our struggles, hurts, crises, doubts and anxieties, never ever forget that God is accompanying us in this life journey.
Let us keep sharing whatever we have to Jesus in prayer. God will surely accompany us because He wants to help us remember how He is present in our lives.
*photo from myocn.net
Anton is a diocesan seminarian from San Jose Seminary. He hails from the Diocese of Novaliches.