Thought Provokers for Sunday, April 30, 2017

emmaus pilgrims

This is the third Sunday of Easter time. The Gospel reading is about the Emmaus disciples. Read the Gospel (and the other texts) here!

Love when you expect no love in return.
Do good without expecting thanks.
Lend when you do not hope for a return.
Then we will be sons and daughters of the Most High.

Henrietta Mears

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This is how Christ appears to us 99 percent of the time–
in ordinary, simple, everyday ways
rather than in dramatic and awesome events.

The resurrected Christ walked with men on the road to Emmaus,
he had a fish dinner with Peter,
and I am convinced that all of us are invited
to have such experiences and encounters NOW.

Charles H. Huffman, Encounters with Christ

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Whenever we pray intent chiefly on what we want,
we are likely to be disappointed.

But when we pray, intent chiefly on what God wants to give us–
perhaps fortitude to bear the trouble which we wish to evade,
or patience to wait for the blessing which we demand now,
or leadership down a road of service from which we are asking release–
we need never be disappointed.

Men who come to God not to dictate
but to receive have approached prayer from the right angle.

Harry Emerson Fosdick

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We cannot love God unless we love each other,
and to love we must know each other.

We know Him in the breaking of bread,
and we know each other in the breaking of bread,
and we are not alone anymore.

Heaven is a banquet and life is a banquet, too,
even with a crust, when there is companionship.

Dorothy Day

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John Templeton came from ordinary circumstances, but became enormously wealthy man managing investments. He has been exceedingly generous, giving millions to various causes. He established the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. When asked about his interest in spirituality, he said:

Trust in God magnifies my life.
It enlarges my perspective beyond surface appearances
and beyond my own smallness and limitations;
it makes for a pervasive sense of gratitude
for the blessings of everyday existence
and that gratitude in turn flows out in efforts to help others.

If you are seeking wholeheartedly to help other people,
you cannot prevent rewards coming back to you
in terms of friendship and love, which are, after all, life’s most important gifts.

Happiness comes to those who try to give happiness to others.

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Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others
cannot keep it from themselves.

James M. Barrie

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Church Planter, Anglican Diocese in New England (Anglican Church in North America).
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