Third Sunday of Easter
Luke 24: 13-35
There is the story of the man who had a very important business meeting in Denver as he boarded the train from Grand Rapids to Los Angeles. He told the porter that he had to make a meeting in Denver and that he was a heavy sleeper and to do whatever it took to get him off the train in Denver at 5:00 in the morning. The next morning he woke at nine o’clock, having slept all night and missing his stop in Denver. He located the porter and screamed at him for having missed his stop. After he had left, someone said to the porter, “How could you stand there and take that kind of talk from that man?” The Porter said, “That ain’t nothing! You should’ve heard that guy I put off in Denver!”
Are we missing Jesus Christ because we have overslept, or we are relying on someone else, or we just do not care? Think of this past week, how have you recognized Jesus and acted accordingly? Did you see him in your spouse who was trying to ask for forgiveness? Did you see Him in the cashier at the store when you bought your groceries? Did you see Him in the person behind you at the stop light who was talking on the phone and was defiantly upset about something? How many times does Jesus come to us and we don’t recognize him?
Our Gospel today is often referred to as the “Journey to Emmaus.” As I have been reflecting on this journey, this is not where we want to be spiritually. The two disciples on their journey “to Emmaus” have given up, they are returning home, they are going back to their old way of life. Their heads are down, and they are walking so slow that Jesus was able to catch up to them and walk with them on the road. We are often in this situation ourselves as we just give up and hang our heads and think, “God where are you?”
Where we want to be spiritually is, “Journey from Emmaus.” The disciples walking from Emmaus recognized the Lord, in the breaking of the bread, and they are filled with great joy. They say, “We have seen the Lord!’ The others respond, “He has appeared to us also!” The disciples now know that Jesus has always been with them and he was trying to reveal himself to them all the time.
We need to recognize Jesus in all of our lives, especially when things are not going our way. How often when we are struggling in faith, and we only see the back of Jesus we say, “See, even Jesus has turned his back on me!” NO! We need to recognize he is leading us out of this miserable place! Faith is not about arriving at a destination, it is about the journey and seeing Christ all along that journey.
So we gather in this Eucharist to know Jesus is revealing himself to us in a very special way, in his word, and in his body and blood. Now we too need to come to believe, that when hard times come, he is still with us, walking right alongside us.