April 12th, 2023

The Gospel According to Luke 24:13-35

Now that very day two of them were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?” They stopped, looking downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these days?” And he replied to them, “What sort of things?” They said to him, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place. Some women from our group, however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive. Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women had described, but him they did not see.” And he 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 Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures. As they approached the village to which they were going, 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, he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, 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. Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning [within us] while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” 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 the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Reflection: Do you know what God looks like? How about Jesus? Growing up as a young boy, I watched all of the classic movies of that time and thought that God looked like Charlton Heston. He was a very popular actor of his time and was bigger than life, tall, handsome and very intelligent and extremely gracious. As I grew in age and in my faith, I knew that this man in these epic movies, was not God but a very gifted actor playing a character in the movies. What does God look like to me today? He is much, much more than could ever be confined inside of our limited human frames.

The disciples that were on the road had forgotten what Jesus looked like because they did not believe, in their hearts, who Jesus really was. The last time that they saw Him, He had been brutally beaten to the point where he was unrecognizable. In a very short period of time, they had forgotten His soft voice and loving manner. But, at dinner that night, as soon as He broke the bread, and said the prayer that they had heard so many times, their eyes were open and they believed.                                                                                                                 The same thing happens to us when we shy away from His blessings, teachings, and His church and forget to keep Him in our hearts. It’s always been about each one of us and our personal relationship with Him and showing that love to others.

Action of the Day: This last weekend was amazing to all, and we can always keep it this way. Find ways to keep this fire burning in your hearts. There are so many people that need to feel God’s love. It’s up to all of us to be that ‘reminder’ to everyone that we encounter in our lives each and every day.

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