"Were not our hearts burning within us"

10-22-2017Come Follow MeDarrin Nelson

A few words from Bishop Checchio's Pastoral Letter….

"In offering this pastoral letter my desire is to call every Catholic in the Church of Metuchen to be, in a sense, firewood. As your chief shepherd, my responsibility is to call you, to be materially and spiritually ready for God to set us on fire with faith, hope and love. In his apostolic letter The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis has told us, "We strive to light a fire in the heart of the world" (n. 271)….I am inviting and counting on you to light a fire with me in the heart of our part of the world. I want us — the laity, religious, deacons, and priests of the Diocese of Metuchen — to be kindling that is set aflame by the Holy Spirit, allowing God's love and power to burn more brightly here in Central New Jersey.

In last week's reflection we experienced the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. We experienced the transformation of her heart from receiving the 'living water' of Christ. That 'living water' set her 'aflame' and she proclaimed the 'good news' to her townspeople.

For most of us the flame of the Spirit is burning in our hearts. We have heard the gospel message in so many ways along our journey. The Bishop's letter challenges our hearts 'to burn more brightly' as we become 'kindling' to others. To burn even brighter we need to allow Christ's words to penetrate our hearts deeper eachday.

Let us be mindful of the reaction from two travelers with Jesus on 'The Road to Emmaus' "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?" I ha ve moments in my life when I can relate myself to these individuals. Knowing scripture but not having it encounter my heart so it is'burning within' me.


Take time to read again this story(Luke 24:13-35) and see how the 'real presence' of Christis what 'opened the eyes' of the travelers. Have you everconsidered spending time in Eucharistic Adoration? Thisis a wonderful opportunity for the 'real presence' ofChrist to transform you.