April 05, 2015

Companions on the Journey

EASTER

Our Easter church banner pictured above displays symbols of the various themes.

Our Journey begins with God who creates us, accompanies us through life, death and resurrection until we return to God in glory. Our journey is from, “glory to glory.”(2Cor.3:18) Along the way we are transformed into the image and likeness of Christ. God holds our hand on the journey and we are invited to hold the hands of our brothers and sisters on every step.

We are Companions on the Journey with God and with each other. The Two Figures shown form a Heart Shape as they companion one another in a bond of divine and human love. The word companion has its origins in two Latin roots; com-with and panis-bread. We “break bread” and share meals with the ones we love.

The Host and Chalice remind us of the precious Sacrament of the Eucharist where we share intimate communion with the Lord, our Bread of Life, and with each other.

The Cross in the center of the Host is the sign of our belief in the love of our God, Father, and Holy Spirit.

The Vertical line of the Cross calls to mind that everything, everyone and even we ourselves come From God as free gifts and grace.

The Horizontal line of the cross suggests the purpose for our lives which is to share our gifts For Others.

Our Prayer of Grace for Easter – Using Our Hands

Giving thanks before meals is a holy practice which keeps us mindful that all that we have is a gift From God.
Making a Sign of the Cross as a simple blessing or grace before a meal is a way to reflect our Mission to share our gifts For Others.
During this Lent, you are invited to give thanks with a prayer of grace before each meal.
Trace the sign of the cross, saying or thinking:
Grace means gift; we acknowledge all that comes From God and remember to share what we have and are For Others.

Easter

Some years ago, the London Times ran a contest. The challenge was to complete the following sentence:
“The best way to travel from London to Edinburgh is…?
Thousands of contestants entered the competition. The hands down winner was,
“The best way to travel from London to Edinburgh is… WITH SOMEONE YOU LOVE.”

Traveling with someone we love is the most wonderful way to go anywhere. Traveling with a loving companion on the journey is our Easter Story. We celebrate the presence of the Risen Christ who holds our hands as we travel through our lives, death and into the glory of our eternal home.

This Easter, grasp tightly the hand of the Risen Lord who already holds you. Stretch out your hand in love to fellow companions with love in word and deed. Our mission, our part in the work of Christ, our Opus Christi is to embrace with our whole mind, heart and will God on one hand and each other’s hands as companions on the journey.

May we travel this Easter and always with our God who loves us each and every step on our way to Glory. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Easter Reflection Questions

  • In what ways does the Risen Lord travel with you? How does God hold your hand as a companion?
  • Who were the companions who lovingly supported you and now live in the glory of the Resurrection with the Lord? Spend some time thanking these people in prayer. Ask for their guidance on your journey.
  • Who are your companions now? Reflect on these relationships. What action can you take to express your love and gratitude?
  • Who is in need of you to be a companion on the journey? What is the Risen Lord inviting you to share in word or deed with these people?
  • Spend some time in prayer allowing God to be present to you on your journey.

Retreat hymn Refrain

We are companions on the journey,
breaking bread and sharing life;
and in the love we bear is the hope we share
for we believe in the love of our God,
we believe in the love of our God.

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