Prayer to the Twenty-Fourth Meeting

Twenty-Fourth Meeting

Lord Jesus, what delight we have known as we read of your appearances to your followers after your Resurrection! For those to whom you revealed yourself newly risen from the dead,
disappointment, disillusionment, sadness and despair were quickly transformed into awe, wonder and unimaginable joy. Your disciples believed that you were lost to them, but as you reveal yourself in the glory of your Resurrection, they remembered your promise - “The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death ... and after three days, he will rise again.”
We have shared Peter’s emotional journey from his first denial of you to his discovery of the empty tomb and his joy in the “good news” that your women followers proclaimed to him. We, too, have experienced times when we felt that we had ‘lost’ you ... and we have known the joy of being reunited with you through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
As we walked the Road to Emmaus with you and those two disciples whose lives had suddenly become meaningless because of your death, we became more aware of how
we fail to recognize you in everyday situations. St. Ignatius taught that we are to “find God” in all things ... in all people ... in all the events of our lives. Yet often, we hear your message, feel your touch or see your presence unknowingly, not realizing until long afterwards that another has been your loving presence in our lives. Help us, Lord, to find you in every moment of every day.
We ask you to bless this time of sharing which is your gift to us. Please send your Spirit to inspire us with new insights into whatever you are asking of us at this time and to give us the right words to express them to each other. Amen.