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  • Writer's pictureBishop Mesrop Parsamyan

Walking with Christ

In today's gospel reading (Luke 24:13-35), we find two disciples walking towards Emmaus, their hearts heavy with the events that had unfolded in Jerusalem. They had witnessed Jesus's crucifixion, and their hope had been shattered. They felt lost, confused, and perhaps even abandoned. But as they walked and discussed these events, a stranger joined them on their journey. This stranger was none other than Jesus Himself, but their eyes were kept from recognizing Him.

How often do we find ourselves in the shoes of those disciples? We walk through life discussing our challenges, our disappointments, and sometimes even our hopes, yet we fail to recognize Jesus walking right beside us. We get so caught up in the narrative of our struggles that we miss the presence of the One who can turn our situation around.

But here's the beautiful part of the story - as they sat down to eat, and Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. In the breaking of the bread, in that act of Holy Communion, Jesus reveals Himself to us. In that sacred moment, our eyes can be opened, and we can see the Lord in His full glory. Just as the disciples' hearts burned within them as Jesus explained the Scriptures, our hearts too can burn with love and recognition when we come to the Communion table during Badarak.

Friends, no matter what you're going through, look for Jesus in your journey. He is with us in every moment, especially in the challenges and trials. It's about believing that He is present in the bread and wine of Communion, that He is speaking to us through His Word, and that He is longing for a relationship with each of us.

And when you do recognize Jesus, just like the disciples, you'll find your heart burning within you. You'll find renewed hope, strength, and a deep sense of peace, knowing that the One who conquered the grave is walking with you, every step of the way, turning your trials into testimonies and your fears into faith.

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