Straight from the Heart

Sunday’s Scripture –April 26, 2020

Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19, Luke 24: 13-35

Reflection

Luke is the only gospel writer who gives us the story of The Walk to Emmaus. You can find it in Luke 24: 13-35.

This story takes place on Resurrection Day. It’s after the women find the empty tomb, but before Jesus comes to the eleven hiding in the upstairs room. Jesus appears as a stranger to two men walking along a road from Jerusalem to Emmaus, headed home after all their hope is killed with Jesus.

If the high of Easter has already worn off for you, I urge you to never go back to life as usual. Jesus is every bit as alive today as on that first Easter.

As they walk along the road, Jesus plays dumb as to the weekend’s happenings at first. (Why does he do that, I wonder?) And, even after he “interprets to them all the things about himself in all the Scriptures,” the disciples still don’t realize it’s him. Jesus never disguises himself from us, but we might fail to recognize him. Our faith can be so weak when things don’t go as we plan or expect.

Finally, we get to verse 30: “When he ate 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.”

All throughout Luke’s gospel, we see Jesus at various meals and he always does the same thing. First, he acts as the host (even though the owner of the home always thinks they’re hosting Jesus) and then, taking the bread, he blesses it, breaks it, and gives it.

Blessed. Broken. Given.

Which is why the significance of the Last Supper was not lost on the disciples. And why these two Emmaus Road disciples finally see Jesus for who he is.

Blessed. Broken. Given.

Is this not what Jesus did with his very life? This is what love looks and feels like. It’s what makes our hearts burn within us again or for the very first time.

Jesus’s physical body might vanish from our sight, but now we know he was there all along. No matter what road we’re on.

 

Questions

  • Are you still riding the high of Easter or do you need the truth that Jesus is alive to warm your heart again?
  • What road are you on? How can you remember, celebrate, walk and talk with Jesus on that road today?
  • Blessed, broken, given. It’s what Jesus did for us. How can we do it for someone else today?

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