Is 52:7-9 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news.
Ps 30 You have turned my mourning into dancing.
Col 1:27-29 How great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you.
Lk 24:13-36 Beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the Scriptures.
Different churches in Latvia have been able to work together in evangelization through the use of the Alpha Course, developed in the Anglican Church of Holy Trinity, Brompton, London. Latvians who have come to faith through this programme remain open to learning and being enriched by the gifts of other Christian communities. This experience inspired the following reflections.
The disappointed disciples who leave Jerusalem for Emmaus have lost their hope that Jesus was the Messiah, and walk away from their community. It is a journey of separation and isolation.
By contrast, they return to Jerusalem full of hope with a Gospel message on their lips. It is this resurrection message that drives them back into the heart of the community and into a communion of fellowship.
So often Christians try to evangelize with a competitive spirit, hoping to fill their own churches. Ambition overrides the desire for others to hear the life-giving message of the Gospel. True evangelism is a journey from Emmaus to Jerusalem, a journey from isolation into unity.
What are the disappointments that isolate us from others?
What are the gifts (initiatives, methods, and programmes) that we can receive from other Christian communities?
Lord Jesus, you have made our hearts burn within us, and have sent us back upon the road towards our brothers and sisters, with the Gospel message on our lips. Help us to see that hope and obedience to your commands always lead to the greater unity of your people. Amen.