Gospel of Luke 24: 13-35 Reflection:
Today we have the story of a couple of men who feel that they have lost everything. Who has not felt like that manys a time?
They are on the way from Jerusalem down to Emmaus after their great hopes have been raised and then let down. This Jesus promised so much, had all the hallmarks of a great leader but in the end he turned out to be just like the rest of them, unable to fulfil what he had promised.
Our two friends were in despair: we have all been there.
As they walked along they were joined by a stranger. They were surprised that the stranger did not know what had happened in the city over these past days. The stranger was Jesus and as they walked along Jesus pointed out to the men how they had missed the whole point of what his life and death meant. Eventually the men realized who they were speaking too and Jesus disappeared. In their excitement the men headed back to the city to seek the others.
When they found them, they were told that they were not the first to see the risen Lord, Peter had also seen him.
That’s the way it is with us. When we think we know who Jesus is he shows a new side to himself; he is always new and never quite what we expect him to be and he is not bounded by our expectations.
No matter how much we try not to we always have an image of God and Jesus, of what we expect them to be and do. This is human nature and comes from the fact that we have to figure things out in order to function.
But God is so much more than that. Who would ever have thought that a man would lay down his life and that he himself would pick it up again?
When you think of it, the disciples on the road to Emmaus recognized Jesus at the breaking of the bread—what kind of imagination has God who thought of staying with us under the appearance of bread and wine.
Only God would have thought of that one!