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Every Jericho Road an Emmaus Road

June 28, 2011

I find these principles to be true: Open your heart to love, and you open it to God, the source of all love. Open your heart to your fellow creatures, and you open it to their Creator.

Recently, Doreen Peters shared with me a powerful poem, called “Jericho Road Again,” by author unknown. It reads as follows:

I’ve just gone down to Jericho again.

I’ve gone a thousand times before; but each time in the past,
Book in hand and eyes on printed page,
I failed to see the man.

This time I left the Book at home and walked the road alone.

I saw people all around.
Some of their wounds were old and some were new.

And compassion came rising in my heart.
I could not pass them by.

The Jericho Road is any street, and every road,
Where we see and hear and feel and help.

We become aware of our identity with others in the bundle of life.

The word neighbour comes alive in us and for us.

Good Samaritan becomes our name!

Wherever compassion gets the best of us,
Wherever our hearts and hands and money
Go out recklessly and gladly,
That is our Jericho Road.

And each Jericho Road is also an Emmaus Road – where we encounter our Lord with us, where he enters into our hearts and sets them ablaze. 

(From Reflection at 8:30 Service on June 26  – The story of the Good Samaritan helping the injured traveller on the Jericho Road can be accessed by clicking here. The story of the disciples’ encounter with Jesus on the Emmaus Road can be accessed by clicking here.)

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