20th APRIL 2022

Thousand Oaks SDA Church: Lk. 24:13-35 - Encounter on the Road to Emmaus



Acts 3: 1-10;               Ps 105: 1-4, 6-9;                     Lk 24: 13-35



The gospel story begins with disciples walking towards Emmaus, which is to the west of Jerusalem; thus, they were walking towards the sunset. This symbolizes a journey away from the light, a journey into darkness. Hence, they could not recognize the Lord because they had already made the decision to walk towards the sunset. If we want to recognize Jesus, we need to move towards the sun and not away from it.

The Sun, in his mercy, came to these disciples. And as the risen Lord spoke, light shone on their shadowed minds and hearts. “Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road?” They invited him to their house and asked him to stay with them. That decision led to a total transformation in them. Similarly, the moment we invite the Lord to dwell in our families, and in our lives, the Lord brings about a transformation. However, inviting him means giving him the place of honour, as the disciples did. They let their ‘fellow traveller’ preside over the meal. We too must let him preside, let his gospel rule, let his will be supreme.

It is not only at the communion table we can be with Christ, but at the dinner table as well. He is not only the host in his Church, but the guest in every home. Like the disciples, we can expect Jesus to meet us along the way, in the course of everyday life. Especially in moments when we are dejected, disappointed, and sorrowful, the Lord comes to meet us, consoling and comforting us. We must always pray for the grace to recognize him, and not let prejudice, presumption or pride stop us from recognizing his presence.

When the disciples’ eyes were opened and they realized that the Lord was truly risen, they were filled with joy, and hastened to tell the others. The Christian message is never fully ours until we have shared it with someone else.

Response: Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice.

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