The Lord’s Day

Sunday, the Lord’s Day, is to be a day of rest and renewal. We all know that is easier said than done. This posting focuses on the renewal part more than the resting part given our hectic lifestyles. I directed a middle school camp for seventeen years. One of the basic elements of the camp was called “processing.” This was an effort to get the kids to “connect the dots” in their lives. Asking questions like, “How does climbing this wall remind you of difficulties in school, or your relationships, or your home life?” We tried to get them to learn life lessons through making connections. And we added the God-element as well. “How is your relationship with God like shooting a bow and arrow?” If they could find God in their camp experiences, they had a better chance of finding him in their lives back home. As adults, if we do not process our daily experiences, how will we ever hope to find the hand of a loving God directing a beautiful plan for our lives? We have to connect the dots. When we do this, we will find more peace of mind and therefore more rest and renewal. Why? Because there is a plan for our lives and it is unfolding. We can work with that plan or work against it. This posting will consist of provoking/processing questions. I pray it helps.

  1. The story of Emmaus reminds us that Jesus can be recognized in the Breaking of Bread. Has the pandemic and loss of the experience of Mass increased your hunger for Eucharist or decreased it?
  2. The disciples on the road did not recognize the Lord as he walked along with them. How many times have we walked with the Lord, especially in trying times, and not recognized that we were not alone?
  3. The disciples were “slow to believe.” St. Augustine says it this way: “How late have I loved you.” Are you old enough to look back and assess the time it has taken to be in love with God?
  4. Self-knowledge is very important in coming to know the Lord. Any insights from this week into what makes you tick?
  5. Did you have time for prayer this past week? Was it a good experience? How did it make you feel?
  6. You don’t have to answer these questions. They are simply meant to provoke reflection in hopes that connecting some of the dots will bring peace of mind.