Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Today's Gospel is one of my favorite and I love this picture of Jesus walking with his two disciples on the way to Emmaus. Are they a man and his wife? We do not know but they are sad and discouraged when Jesus joins them. I reflected on this Gospel on Easter Sunday so will concentrate on the feelings of all three. Jesus comes full of joy to console these two who left Jerusalem thinking their hope of having Jesus redeem Israel had been destroyed when they crucified Jesus. They knew that it was the third day and that some women said that the tomb was empty and angels had announced to them that Jesus was alive. However, they did not really believe this and so had started out for Emmaus. Jesus said to them, Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?"
Does Jesus say something like this to us? I know he comes to walk with us when we are sad and discouraged. He wants to be recognized, but we need to ask him to stay with us as these disciples did. When they finally recognized him in the breaking of the bread at their simple supper, Jesus vanishes but they have new energy and share the fact that their hearts are burning within them.
They rush back to give the good news and found the Eleven and those with them saying, "The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!"