Day six in a series of short musings.
“And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32 KJVA.)
What an omniscient and powerful experience that must have been. Can you imagine? For me, when I pray, and when I feel the presence of God, an emotion arises. Is this true for to everyone? What about you? When I learned to recognize that, it became incredibly uplifting, comforting, encouraging, and empowering all at once. Returning to that place, each day, is a return to Him. And each day, when I return, my heart burns.
What really happened that day, on the road to Emmaus? Why were two of Jesus’ disciples venturing out and travelling to another village? Emmaus is reported to be about threescore furlongs away from Jerusalem, which translates to about 60 lengths of approximately one-eighth of a mile each, which would roughly calculate to about 7.5 miles. And why was Cleopas chosen to be the first disciple to receive the activations? In fact, the other companion is not even named, and the narrative goes on to say they returned in haste to report their experience to the other 11.
Who was the third traveller? Is it a stretch to regard the threesome as the Holy Trinity? Was this man simply there as a witness? What if he was a close friend of the disciple, and accompanied him so Cleopas wouldn’t be alone? Was he a minor disciple? A newbie? So many questions! But this unknown, unnamed “nobody” was among the first to be baptized by fire, as had been promised. “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:” (Matthew 3:11 KJVA.)
Look back on Day Two in this series, where I wrote about baptism, alchemy, and purification. This is the connection– the fulfillment of His promise. This is the miracle which we seek. This short series I have been writing is about the heart–the miraculous and sacred heart. Within the heart is where I find Him. First I had to learn and grow, from milk to meat. Then I chose: I sought, studied, experienced, and asked. Next I intuited, and heard the Call. I listened, prayed, and meditated. But also, action is required. We now do: heal, love, give, laugh, weep, and trust. Let your heart become empty and open. Let His holy fire wash over you and through you. Become activated, as was Cleopas.
What road are we walking? Who are we meeting along the way? So many profound miracles occurred while someone was out walking in the world. Saul, en route to Damascus, was also spontaneously activated by Jesus. And remember the parable about the Good Samaritan–those travelling the road all had opportunity to love like God. Abram was called to move his tribe, and Joshua’s army was instructed to march around the fortified city of Jericho. Even the fictional characters I have written about recently: Siddhartha (from the Hermann Hesse novel of the same name) and Santiago, (the protagonist of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho), went on epic journeys to find treasures, enlightenment, fulfillment, happiness, and God. Those pieces can be found in recent posts on this site here and here.
We are called to get out of our comfort zones, to walk the walk, to regard our neighbors as ourselves. When we seek Him we will find Him. He will unravel the mystery for us and show us the true path to paradise. He will fill us with the Holy Spirit, and our hearts will burn. We will be the light, the city on the hill, the lamp unto the feet of the world. On the road is where we meet God. He is out there, waiting for each of us.
The inspiration for this piece came to me last night in a dream. I was visited by the spirit of the Archangel Michael who appeared to me surrounded by gold, accompanied by a lion, and carrying a blue sword of truth.
With great love,
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