Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Luke 24:13-35 Leaving So Soon?

Wednesday of Easter Octave

(Click here for readings)

That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus' disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus.
I have always been saddened by people who seemed so alive in their faith only to never see them again.  It happens.  It happens all the time, especially if we remain “childish” at heart. 

I quit.  Kids are quitting all the time.  They quit playing football after a few practices or piano after a few lessons.  They quit their major (even college) after a few semesters.  They even quit their marriage after a few years.  They claim they didn’t know how hard it would be.  So, what did they think?  Did they think anything that is worth anything would come easily?

The same is true of God.  Instead of following in the Lord’s footsteps, we often find ourselves on the defensive, backtracking and walking away.

They were going to a village.  That’s it!  I’m done.  I’m finished!  This isn’t fun anymore.  It's crystal clear the disciples no longer felt the same way about the Lord, especially as they walked away from Jerusalem and from Him.  Three days were enough for them, and the time had come to quit and go back to their former ways of life. 

I can’t even begin to tell you how often I have felt this way when it comes to the priesthood and doing my daily meditations.   What’s it worth?  Why even bother?  I have enough on my plate!

It’s clear we are a quitting society.  We really think things should come easily to us.  That probably explains why we don't value much of anything.  You would think by now someone would have taught us otherwise.  Well, someone did:  the Lord.  Nothing that is worth something comes easily.  In fact, the most beautiful things in life take a great deal of patience, pain and sacrifice to accomplish.  Love takes patience, pain and sacrifice.

We want results immediately.  But quick results and easy lives spell disaster down the road. 

To the rescue.  The Lord hid himself from their eyes.  His presence would not be revealed suddenly or even shockingly.  It would come gradually, very gradually:  “It happened that while they (the two disciples) were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them.”

“They were conversing and debating.”  Interesting.  But what were they conversing about?  Were they debating over the facts?  Were they feeding on each other’s pain, loss and despair?  Maybe, but what is for sure is they were not praying, and that was their greatest mistake.  They were reliving what happened in Jerusalem on a purely human level.  They were remaining in the hamster’s cage on a hamster’s wheel.  They were going nowhere fast and getting very frustrated over it:  “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of these things that have taken place there in these days?”    

They were going over the events of the day in their heart and mind.  Not good enough!  They needed to go over these things with the Lord in their soul.

Without the Lord, the tragedies in our life will only reach the depths of hell and never the heights of heaven.  Without the Lord, all our burdens are boulders ad never blessings.

A book just came out a few days ago from a family that lost their daughter in a freak accident.  “Taylor’s Gift” begins with the day Todd and Tara Storch lost their oldest daughter, Taylor, and recounts the amazing events that followed soon after.  I highly recommend this book to everyone.  I know the family well and they have become a tremendous blessing in my life.  So often they tempted to walk away from the Lord’s Passion and walk towards the darkness associated with the loss of faith, hope and love.  Today, they are living witnesses to the amazing love and amazing grace of Jesus Christ. 
That very day, the first day of the week.  Where are you going?  Don't leave so soon!  Amazing things are about to happen!

Resolution:  Let’s keep Christ in our passions and in our death.  And He will keep us in our resurrection!   


  1. Excellent post, Father Alfonse. Please never give up on these daily meditations--they are incredibly inspiring and encouraging.

  2. "I can’t even begin to tell you how often I have felt this way when it comes to the priesthood"

    - I feel so GRATEFUL that you became a Priest. We would not have the opportunity to get know you and LOVE you Unconditional :) !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    God Bless you " my Beautiful Father Alfonse" and I hope you have peaceful Thursday :)

  3. After reading yesterday's message my husband and I went to Sams Club. Right before walking out we went to the book section. Staring me in the face was the book "Taylor's Gift". I bought the book and stayed up reading it. Today I comleted it. What an amazing family - a community filled with love for Christ and others! You are truly blest to be a part of the community and so close to the family.
    Thank You for your daily message to us and also sharing about this family.

  4. Im a father of 3 little girls and a boy. Fr. I just read the full story online. And I was left speechless the big heart this parents have. It is saddened me to know that I sometimes take life for granted.


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