Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Walking w/ Jesus along the road to Emmaus

I am always a little surprised by today's Gospel reading which begins:

Luke 24:13-35
That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.

They were walking away from Jerusalem!  Away!  After hearing about His resurrection they still had too many doubts, worries or concerns to stay.  But Jesus would not let them get away that easily - He went after them, asking them questions to bring them back to the truths they just couldn't see.  We don't know why they couldn't recognize Jesus, just as we don't know why Mary couldn't see Him at the tomb.  We can be so surprised at their actions but why?  Aren't we guilty of some of the same actions?  

We walk away even when we know He is risen.  We forget all we know as situations seems too overwhelming, too difficult to understand or handle.  We walk away....

But He will not let us get away so easily and He shows us as He showed them:

With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?" So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the Eleven and those with them who were saying, "The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!" Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

When you doubt, seek Him in the bread and wine.  Seek Him in the Tabernacle and know that there your heart will burn with the truth He wishes to speak to you.  

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