THE LORD IS RISEN INDEED
This week's scripture describes Jesus's appearance to two of his followers as they walked from Jerusalem to Emmaus. As they walked, they talked about Jesus, his trial, his crucifixion, and the disappearance of his body from the tomb. Jesus joined them in their journey, but they did not recognize him, even as he walked and talked with them. According to the scripture, "their eyes were kept from recognizing him."
Today, we might wonder, "How could they not recognize Jesus?" Were they just too distraught as they talked about the terrible events that had just taken place? Perhaps, in their despair, the idea that they would see Jesus again was so far from their consciousness that they couldn't recognize him even when they did see him. That is, until he blessed the bread, broke it, and gave it to them. Then they recognized him, and knew that Jesus indeed was resurrected--what joy! In our lives today, we get distracted by events going on in our lives, in our communities, and around the world. Wrapped up in our own concerns, we may forget to look and listen for Jesus--when, in fact, Jesus brings hope to dealing with all of our problems. We need the bread to be blessed, broken, and served to us. We need to be reminded of Jesus, his commandments, his promises, and his sacrifice for us. We need to remain aware that the Lord is risen indeed!