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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

"Stay with us, for it is nearly evening..."

Today's Gospel from Luke 24: 13-35, tells us how Jesus meets with two of his disciples on the road as they were going to Emmaus, a village about seven miles from Jerusalem. Both of the disciples are really feeling sad as they conversed about what had happened. So, Jesus drew near and walked with them. They did not recognize him. He asks them what they are talking about and draws them out. Then he tells them that they are foolish and "slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!" Then Jesus begins to explain why it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and enter into his glory. Beginning with Moses and the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the Scriptures. Then, as they approached the village, "he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, "Stay with us; for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over." So Jesus stays and when seated at table with them, "he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight."

Jesus comes and walks with us. We need to learn how to recognize him in others, to welcome him, to listen to him and invite him to stay with us. He certainly gave those two disciples new life and energy as they set out at once to return to Jerusalem to tell the 
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