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Luke 24:36-49: Aftermath – Part II

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Rembrandt: Emmaus Pilgrims

Rembrandt: Christ at Emmaus

The eleven huddle in fear for their lives when the Emmaus disciples burst into the room telling of their resurrection experience with Jesus.  We can imagine the juxtaposition of the Emmaus joy and the Calgary fear . . . these disciples are living two different aftermath experiences . . . and then Jesus appears to affirm the truth: that what they have hoped for has come to fulfillment . . . he is risen!  Then the disciples hear the true call of the aftermath.  This call is not that troubles will fall away from Christ’s workers . . . but rather that these workers will bring the same hope to others that Jesus has brought to them.  The light has come to the world in fullness just as they had expected.

And so it also with us.  The aftermath that Jesus foretells is already surrounding us.  Perhaps we just cannot see this duality yet that the light has come to the world in fullness just as we have expected.

Several times a year we visit the ending of Luke’s Gospel during our Noontime reflections.  Perhaps we need this aftermath reminder that often.  Just a few weeks ago we spent some time thinking about the Emmaus people on the road with Christ.  Today we see them harbinger the news to the eleven that the Christ has risen.  The light has come to the world in fullness just as they had expected.

We seem to always need reminding that the paradox of the Easter story is that we are free even though we do not always feel free; yet the very act of our doubt becomes an act of faith because the light has come to the world in fullness just as we have expected.

We seem to always need reminding that the hope of Easter is fulfilled in us; we bring that message to one another on dark days because the light has come to the world in fullness just as we have expected.

We seem to always need reminding that the love of Christ sustains us in all we do and think and say; we offer ourselves as victims each day in his love because the light has come to the world in fullness just as we have expected.

We are Easter People, yearning for the goodness of life and perfection in God; and we live that goodness and perfection because the light has come to the world in fullness just as we have expected.

Is this the aftermath we have expected from the Easter story?  Yes it is, because the light has come to the world in fullness just as we have expected.

LA BIBLIA DE LA AMÉRICA. 8th. Madrid: La Casa de la Biblia, 1994. Print.

A favorite from April 28, 2009.

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