3rd Sunday of Easter

5th week of lockdown COVID -19

Acts 2:14.22-28, Psalm 16, 1Peter 1:17-21, Luke 24:13-35

Dear Parishioners

This gospel story often known as The Road to Emmaus is rich with themes found through Luke’s gospel: journey, faith as seeing, sharing meals and hospitality. The story has everything: distress, suspense, a gradual dawning of light. It’s such a human story with its theme of journey, dashed hopes, and turning to someone who might or mightn’t help. It holds the discovery that Scripture  can unlock a door, that hospitality  reveals Jesus with us and this awareness warms our hearts… even makes them burn.

Read LUKE 24: 13-35 or be with this beautiful icon written by Phil Dyer which brings the Emmaus journey into our own country.

St Ignatius Loyola urges you to ask for what you desire: “an intimate knowledge of Jesus the Lord so that you may love Him more and follow Him more closely”.    
Spiritual Exercises # 104

Enter into to the scene by imagining yourself on the way to Emmaus with two disciples of Jesus. The two feel despondent and disillusioned. Perhaps they have left their companions behind in the locked upper room in Jerusalem in order to walk the 7 kms to the village of Emmaus.

As you go, talk with Jesus about your experience of these lockdown days. What is it like in your bubble?  Or as a caregiver or essential worker?  What is your awareness of the wider world at this time? Listen for how Jesus responds to your story. Be aware of how you feel with “the Stranger- Jesus” as you tell your story. A longing wells up in you to invite him into your place… your home or workplace. Open your hands, or even go to your door and open it as a symbol of welcoming Jesus.

Stay in the company of the Risen Jesus, feeling his presence with you like the disciples around the table at Emmaus.

St Richard of Chichester first wrote in the 13th century:
“O Lord, may I see You more clearly
Love You more dearly
Follow You more nearly,
Day by day.”

End with a prayer for the world and all people. Give thanks for the gift of this time of prayer.
Think about how you live out this Gospel in the week ahead.

-Anne Powell, Cenacle Sisters

Poems for Week 5 COVID-19 by Anne Powell 26/04/2020
Thanks to Mary J Kay, Cenacle Sisters, for photos


In the monastery of the heart
we seek the thread
that leads to knowing.
It may be a thread of gold or song   
or trimmed flax or cello.

We follow the yearning to go deeper
into the heart of the heart.
Merton calls, “Let the trees speak.”

Walking by Waikanae River
beyond the estuary
where whitebaiters reveal the patience of God,
we welcome the speaking of trees.


Pointing the finger

The finger of land
points into the lake
questioning you.
What’s this season in your life for?
What’s it colour and shape and
all its deliciousness?

A lone pukeko pokes in the wet grass     
simply being pukeko
in an unchanging season of foraging.

Out into the lake
points the finger of land.
Once more,
you set out into the deep.


In the heat

(ANZAC Day, Australia- Aotearoa-New Zealand 25 April)

Nana stands in the heat
of her kitchen
wearing her pinny
print from the past
spooning ANZAC biscuits
onto the tray.
Licking the last

and tasting Gallipoli
and thinking she hears
an opening
and calling
“Is that you, dear?”
Pop’s still
down on the beach.


Living in the round

It is all in the choosing
this season as teacher and friend.
It is all in the choosing the
once unquestioned pathway
allowing its voice through turmoil of dreams and days.
It is all in the choosing
once fearful depths to shape new spaces
in the soul's shyness.

In this season of invitation
beyond  the familiar visible
beyond the lost art of connection
with all  creation
Surely rises the sun and moon of peace over fresh hemispheres.

we stumble yet yearn to dance
the unsteady drumbeat of heart.


Facing it

Inside we talked of global warming
and someone said we’d all be dead
before that happened
seeing God face to face.            

Does God have a face mused the abbot?

Cold tingles our faces.
Hills rear and swell in rain.
The face is plainly beautiful.


In the river

And when you reach the turn
in the river
stand back noting the bend
is a question mark
asking the whitebaiters where
will you set your nets
and asking of you where is your down-deep self.

And you keep faith with the river
by resting on a strong log
letting the river question you.
The river mirrors the sky
and bares your soul.


Seven steps

The beginning of wisdom is not knowing.
The next step of wisdom is presence.
The third step of wisdom is water lily.
The next step of wisdom is gaze.
The fifth step of wisdom is open petals.
The next step of wisdom is unlearning.
The seventh step of wisdom is joy.l.