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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Third Sunday of Easter

"Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over."
So he went in to stay with them. He had met them on the road walking away from Jerusalem. They were discouraged because of what they had seen and heard in the last three days. Even though some of the women from their group had gone to the tomb and came back saying that they had seen a vision of angels who announced that Jesus the Nazarene was alive after they had been there and witnessed his death on the cross. They were discussing about all the things that had occurred when Jesus approached them.
They did not recognize him. He asks them, "What were you discussing as you walk along?" They are amazed that he does not know but then he begins to explain the Sriptures to them. As they approach Emmaus, the village seven miles from Jerusalen, they urge him to stay with them. He does and they finally recognize him in the breaking of the bread, "but he vanished from their sight." 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 they tell them what had taken place on the way and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

This is one of my favorite appearances of Jesus as I find it so easy to apply to our own lives. Jesus comes and walks with us, but we do not recognize Him. Still, He stays with us when we invite Him in to share whatever is happening in our lives. Let us listen to Him!

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