Gospel of Luke 24:35-48 Reflection:
The story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus continues and we hear that as they were telling their story, Jesus appeared among the disciples. At first the disciples were afraid but to put their minds at rest Jesus ate some food with them, showing that he really was alive and not a ghost.
Then Jesus went on to explain that he had to die and rise so as to fulfill the scriptures. Finally there is that wonderful line: “He then opened their minds to understand the scriptures.”
We often see this in our own lives, that moment when something about God becomes clear to us. Such times are little awakenings and we are always shown something new and called to make a choice.
As we go through the season of Easter we hear new things about Jesus, little points that we did not hear before or have never thought of. With all these little awakenings we are called to choose to listen more to God and to put into practice what we have heard.
This is the way of God; for most of us there is no blinding flash like what St Paul had on the road to Damascus, for most of us our growth is gradual and sometimes it even appears to us as if we are making no progress at all. Then we get the little inspiration when we see something we never understood before in a clear manner.
The disciples never fully understood who Jesus was until after the resurrection. It is the same with us, we are continually learning and coming to see who the risen Lord is and where he has gone.