A whole series of line drawings on tiles can be seen all round the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Chiangmai. On a particular morning, I was there with my friend and we spent some time looking at the surroundings. We found these charming renditions of Gospel scenes, and being an art lover, I asked my friend if she could take pictures of them. She did, and so let me share one of them with you. I thank the artist who has drawn them. I acknowledge that it is his work which we are now enjoying.
I have at random selected one to share, and it is so apt. It shows two Easter stories. There is the scene outside the Tomb and there is the Risen Lord at the Breaking of the Bread with the two disciples on the Emmaus journey. How familiar we all are with these two stories, and how much consolation we all can draw just meditating on them.
The journey of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus came to fruition when their eyes were opened to see the Lord Jesus, the Saviour of the world. Their despondency, their lack of understanding of the events that had led up to the latest Good News that the Lord had risen from the dead and their own feelings of uncertainty ended when the Lord spoke to them. With love did our Lord say to them and to us, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?”
Truly, the message is still the same today. When our hearts are burdened and we know not how to continue, we can look again at the Emmaus journey, and know that our Lord continues to walk with us. We need to have that trust and believe that the Risen Lord continues to be with us as he has promised. To share his glory, we have first to partake also of the many sufferings and trials in this present earthly pilgrimage. It is a journey we are all on, fraught with many temptations and challenges. Let us journey in faith. Let us be consoled that He is with us. Let us find time to meditate on his word and as we hear him speak, let our hearts burn within us. At the breaking of the Bread, let us be nourished and then go forth to be given to others. Alleluia!