Key Text

Luke 24:13-32

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
And he said to them,"What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?" They stood still, looking sad.
Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him,"Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?"
He asked them,"What things?" They replied,"The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him."
Then he said to them,"Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?" Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying,"Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over." So he went in to stay with them.
When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other,"Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?"

cited from the NRSV

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Present Context

For Reflection

Two men walking down the street, encounter a stranger. Their conversation ranges across topical issues as they traverse seven miles (11 kilometres). A seemingly ordinary event of the time, given the circumstances. Yet when they come to the end of the journey, a remarkable disclosure about one who shared the journey...

The resurrection appearances bear some common hallmarks, found here in the story of the Road to Emmaus

* Note that the disciples journeyed with Jesus for some time before they disovered his presence.

* It was in the familiar event of breaking bread in which Jesus was revealed to them.

* As soon as they recognised his presence amongst them, he was gone.

The journey to discover the presence of the resurrected Jesus continues. We are amazed to find at the end of our search that Jesus has been with us all along. Like Moses who only saw the back of God after He had passed, so we often recognise Jesus' presence in hindsight, or at the last glimpse. To know him afresh is to continue the search.

We pray: Crucified and resurrected Christ, we thank you for the faithful presence you exhibit in the midst of our unknowing. Keep us mindful of this mystery as we seek to share your love and grace today.