Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
Luke 24:45 (NIV)
Open Minds, Healthy Minds, Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, aims to “reduce the burden of mental illness and addictions by ensuring that all Ontarians have timely access to an integrated system of excellent, coordinated and efficient promotion, prevention, early intervention, community support and treatment programs.” The over-arching goals of the Strategy include: To improve mental health and well-being for all Ontarians; to create healthy, resilient, inclusive communities; to identify mental health and addiction problems early and intervene; and to provide timely, high quality, integrated, person-directed health and human services.
God has revealed Himself through the gift of the Bible. Through reading it, we come to understand His redemptive plan for the world, and His love for us ultimately expressed through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. People have studied the Bible for many reasons – its historical accuracy, its literary value, its life principles. All of these things make the Bible unique and of great worth. But the Bible is at its heart a revelatory book – through it we learn about God and how to have a relationship with Him. And He doesn’t want us to miss this, so He gives us the promise of His Holy Spirit to help us understand what we are reading. The disciples learned what a gift this is, as they walked along the Emmaus Road. Luke 24:45 says “Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.” Jesus opened their minds – and He still does. You’ve probably been amazed when you’ve been reading a Biblical passage that you’ve read before and you gain some new understanding. That is Jesus, opening your mind so you too can understand the Scriptures.
These have been words from the heart.