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With us on the road

Postby GregB » April 27th, 2011, 7:25 am

Interesting reflection by Donagh O'Shea in his daily thoughts on Bible texts, today the account of the two disciples on the road to Emaus in the gospel of Luke:

http://goodnews.ie/news.php?dt=2011-04-27

We often seem to walk our own road alone but we have the reassurance that it is not so, even (ah, especially) in the bleakest and darkest times. This is expressed beautifully in the famous 'Footprints in the sand', the reading of which never fails to move me:

http://advancefirstbaptistchurch.org/wp ... -sand1.jpg

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Re: With us on the road

Postby GregB » November 26th, 2013, 8:45 am

An extract from another reflection by Donagh O'Shea. The anecdote about the statue of Christ is inspiring indeed:

"Christ is Emmanuel, a name that means 'God-with-us'. He journeys with his people, leading us through the wilderness of our life, into death and beyond. It was when he was hanging on the cross that he was recognised by the thief, who asked to be admitted into his kingdom. The 19th-century Danish sculptor Thorvaldsen made a clay model for a statue of Christ the King, the arms raised in triumph. But the weight of the soft clay was too much for the inner structure, and in the morning when he entered his studio he saw that the arms had sagged downwards. At first he was deeply disappointed, but when he looked at it again he saw that it now expressed something deeper than triumph; it expressed welcome and forgiveness."

The same idea is expressed in Rembrandt's wonderful painting, 'The Return of the Prodigal Son':
http://ayay.co.uk/arts/dutch_baroque/re ... al-son.jpg

However far we may stray, those arms remain outstretched waiting to welcome us when we return.
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Re: With us on the road

Postby Sprocket » March 2nd, 2014, 5:56 pm

What I like about the post-resurrection appearances is that people didn't recognise Christ straight away, but did so when he made a characteristic action - showing compassion to Mary at the empty tomb, when she thought he was a gardener, breaking bread to share with the two Emmaus-bound disciples, etc.
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