Dear Emmaus Family and Friends,
I hope your summer is going well and that you are enjoying the time out-of-doors. At Emmaus we are concerned with our spiritual health. Often leisure time spent in the woods or on a lake heals our souls from the stress of our daily lives. I hope you have been enjoying that kind of “soul food” this summer.
Both this past Sunday and next Sunday our Gospel readings are about a different kind of “soul food”. The passages from the Gospel of John that we are reading talk about Jesus as the Bread of Eternal Life.
This Sunday we will reflect together on how both our baptism and the bread of communion are sources of spiritual energy for our journey as Christians. In this modern world of ours, we need Christians who are fed by their faith so that they become Great Souled people: people whose every act, every word, every interaction with others carries the energy of God’s love into the world. In our baptism we were all anointed to participate in the priesthood of Christ. In our common priesthood, every one of our interactions with the world should highlight the holiness of the world and the sanctity of every person. We accomplish this not by praying over the world or making the sign of the cross over it but by showing respect for the beauty and holiness of the world just as God made it.
In our weekly prayers together, we are guided in how to perform these act of consecration of the world to God by reflection on scripture and fed by the Eucharist so that we will have the grace (holy energy) to follow through on our journey as Christians, to carry God’s love to every corner of the globe.
May your life be a witness to God’s love with every word that you speak and every look of affection that you share with others.