Grace to you!
You may have heard this saying, “there is no place like home.” You may not appreciate it until you have travelled a lot, even to the best of cities, hotels and places, but then you reach a point you feel: I need to get back home.
As you get out of the taxi, open the door and turn on the light to the entrance to your living room at home, you feel a kind of peace as you throw the full weight of your body on your favorite sofa, recliner or bed. You may not speak it, but you feel it loud within you: “There's no place like home.”
This feeling is worse if you were forced out of your home like victims of war, slavery and terrorism. No matter the hospitality you feel in the home or country that welcomes you, somewhere in your heart there is the sentiment comparable to the one described in Psalm137—the feelings of the Israelites as they were driven out of their homes. They sang and cried for leaving home.
I perceive these sentiments from time to time among refugees, immigrants, African Americans, to mention but a few who feel disconnected from their roots. This is a terrible and sometimes deeply painful feeling to have. We pray for inner healing from such feelings for those who feel so. If you do, may God grant you closure and healing, generational healing. Amen.
Imagine a situation where you are connected to your roots. Take for instance the project of finding your family tree. You feel like a different person having known your roots. Things seem to add up. Such a feeling brings much wholeness.
In every heart, there is a deep spiritual hunger. The soul wants to connect with its maker in the most profound way. We want to be in the home of our existence. This is why religious sentiments can hardly be stifled completely. This is equally why any project to deprive people of their religious freedom, their paths to their spiritual home is as grave as depriving people of the right to their personhood.
The Book of Nehemiah, chapter eight, reports how the returnees from Babylon constantly teared up after the rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem and the reading of the Torah. They had been scattered for close to fifty years; and now, they have the opportunity to worship again. Their tears, were, in part, flowing from the feeling of "Home at last."
Do you spiritually feel estranged and disconnected from your inner core? Do you witness the emptiness from within that neither wine, travels, material stuff, nor orgies could satisfy? Have you tried worship? Why not try the Eucharistic celebration? You will realize that there your soul, your inner core, will feel, “Home at last.”
Praying God to satisfy your dropping spirit. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Thursday Week 26 A: Neh 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12; Lk 10:1-12]
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.