MONDAY MESSAGE: ON LUKE 24, BY REV. ANDREW

 

While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
Luke 24:15-16
 
Shortly after the resurrection and before all the disciples witnessed the resurrected Jesus, two disciples left Jerusalem to go to a nearby town called Emmaus.  Perhaps getting some distance from Jerusalem was good for them.  Perhaps having time to think and reflect was what they needed.  As they walked the seven miles to Emmaus, they talked and processed all that had happened.
 
This Monday, we go back to places of work and school that seems unaffected by the darkness of Good Friday or the celebrations of Easter Sunday.  The current of life pulls us back into the normal flow of life.  Perhaps we need our own walk to Emmaus.  Perhaps we would be blessed by pausing at our desk or over the sink of dishes or while we drive in our cars.  Let us seek time today to pause and to process… to think about what Easter means in our lives.  Perhaps there are even people we know and trust with whom we can talk and discuss these things.
 
The text tells us that while the disciples “were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.”  This happens to us too!  When we pause to contemplate Jesus, he is near to us.  Often he is nearer to us than we recognize.
 
This Monday after Easter, take time to prayerfully think and process.  What does Easter mean to you on the Monday after?  Ask and expect Jesus to come close to you as you do.
 
Jesus, we are grateful for the ways that resurrection spoke to us yesterday.  What does it mean for us today?  We ask you to come alongside of us and help us to recognize your Presence.  Help us to see our work, our school, and our relationships in light of Easter.  We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Keenan Barber