Golden Souls

What's for supper?It's a question we ask nearly every day in my family.

For the two disciples and their fellow traveler on the road to Emmaus, It was a good question too.

Tired, Dusty, discouraged,  two weary souls were wandering on their way from Jerusalem to Emmaus.

They were discouraged because of Jesus' death, Bone weary.

Then ,Jesus appeared.

As yet unknown, Christ began to walk with them.

He unfolded the meaning of the scriptures- Set a place for them at the Table of the Word.

He opened the wisdom-wrapped secrets of the Hebrew Scriptures for them.

Later that same day They would recall How their hearts burned within them.

Yet they didn't recognize him.

I wonder why. it was only when they sat with this stranger at the table of bread and wine That their eyes were opened And they recognized Jesus.

Then he disappeared. But I want to tell you That the Savior never truly disappeared.

He came again And comes to us each day In what Saint Teresa of Calcutta called The distressing disguise of the poor.

Jesus himself had proclaimed his own coming in s parable in Matthew 25-

You know the one-

for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’

Christ comes to us each day In the needs and joys of those around us.

Do we recognize him ?

Both of these tables- The table of the word And the Table of Christ’s body and Blood Are set here each Sunday To remind us of just that fact.

Christ comes to us each day In the needs and joys of those around us.

Do we recognize him ?

All are singing And all our praying And all our listening And eating and drinking here Means nothing- Nothing-

If we aren’t out on the road Encountering strangers Who need to walk with us talk with us, And in the very fabric of their lives Reveal Christ to us.

St John Chrysostom was Archbishop of Constantinople when Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.

He insisted that true religion- Was not in here- In the church- In his church The great Church of Hagia Sophia- High atop the hill Golden and shining and bright.

It was out there- Where the people are, Where the needs are.

“Do you wish to honor the body of the Savior? Do not despise it when it is naked. Do not honor it in church with silk vestments, while outside you are leaving it numb with cold and naked. He who said, ‘This is my body,’ and made it so by his word, is the same that said,

‘You saw me hungry and you gave me no food. As you did it not to the least of these, you did it not to me.’

Honor him then by sharing your property with the poor, for what God needs is not golden chalices, but golden souls.”

Amen.

SermonRev. Phil Boelter