Third Sunday of Easter
Encountered by Jesus
On what road is Jesus encountering you? As a few disciples walk and talk about what has happened, Jesus comes near and goes with them, but “their eyes were kept from recognizing him” (Luke 24:16). Jesus inquires about their discussion. They stand “still, looking sad.”
What gives you pause, sadness? Cultivate the capacity to stand still, to confess how it really is (sad). It’s an honest antidote to the quick and false anger that characterizes the current time. Stillness, sadness, opens the way to Emmaus and other places of recognition.
What road are you on? Does it lead from blindness to sight, from disbelief to confession, from arrogance to humility, from self-centeredness to service, from sadness to joy?
The two talkers ask the “stranger” if he is the only one “who does not know the things that have taken place.” They speak about Jesus of Nazareth, of his life, death, and resurrection, and of their hope that he would have redeemed Israel. The text, however, moves quickly, refusing to linger in past disappointment. Jesus then en-counters them more fully in their foolishness and slow hearts “to believe all that the prophets have declared.” I trust he encounters us in our foolishness.
Nearing the village, Jesus walks on. They invite him to stay. Luke notes urgency in their invitation. Does that same urgency characterize our faith, our invitations? “Stay with us, because the day is now nearly over.” He goes in and stays with them. The road has led to the table, where “he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him.”
May the Lord’s encounters leave us with “burning hearts,” to tell the story of resurrection and breaking bread, no matter what road we traverse.
James Hicks, pastor, Daggett Moravian Church