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Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

Luke 24:13-32                       

Caravaggio: The Supper at Emmaus

Caravaggio: The Supper at Emmaus

Slowness of Heart

Oh how foolish you are!  How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!

If only we might realize that we are Emmaus People, a people who hold a truth too wonderful to keep secret.

Two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing and debating. 

If only we might remember that we are Emmaus People, a people who know that disappointment and despair wither in the face of courage and hope.

Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes prevented them from recognizing them. 

If only we might recall that we are Emmaus People, a people living the victory of light over darkness, of life over death.

What are you discussing as you walk along?

If only we might affirm that we are Emmaus People, a people accompanied by a God who loves us intensely and forever.

Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these days?

If only we might avow that we are Emmaus People, a people in the constant companionship of Jesus, our brother.

What sort of things?

If only we might believe that we are Emmaus People, a people in whom the Spirit resides, bringing us Wisdom and Peace.

The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him.

If only we might trust that we are Emmaus People, a people chosen by God, made in God’s image, held in God’s intimacy.  

We were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel.

holy_spirit_sketch[1]If only we might share the Good News that we are all Emmaus People, a people saved and protected, a people guarded, loved and called.

Oh how foolish you are!  How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!

If only we might realize that we are Emmaus People, a people created and living in union with God, a people holding a truth too wonderful to keep secret.

We travel the road to Emmaus with Jesus at our side, with Jesus engaging us in conversation, with Jesus breaking bread and sharing himself with us.  Let us be quick of heart rather than slow.  Let us be joyful in spirit rather than downcast.  And let us tell the world how our hearts are burning with the fire of Christ’s love.

Tomorrow, return to Jerusalem . . .


Images from: http://www.laboringinthelord.com/2011/02/16/who-is-the-church-part-2/ and http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/caravaggio/

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