The Passion of Christ in the Gospel of Luke
A Guide to Meditation and Prayer
Week 7 - Day 2
The Road to Emmaus
Meditation on Scripture- Read Luke 24:13-35 and write your reflections in the workbook. Use the summary below for further reflection on the passage. Prayer- Use the Guide for Prayer.
This is an account of one of the resurrection appearances told only in the gospel of Luke. It happened on the day of the resurrection, when things were still unclear as to what had happened. One. Important part of the story is that they did not recognize Jesus. This does not mean he looked markedly different. Luke says that their eyes were kept from recognizing him. The gospel account seems to indicate that Jesus was both like and unlike himself after the resurrection. Theologians speak of him as having a “resurrection body,” which was both like and unlike his earthly body.
The conversation of the two disciples with Jesus lets us know they were unsure of what was happening. This means that they were not expecting a resurrection. Nor was it something they had conjured up in some sort of scheme. The possibility of a resurrection was not something they had considered. Jesus upbraided them for their lack of faith in the scriptures. We would love to have a record of Jesus’ exposition of the books of Moses and the prophets.
Only when urged did Jesus stay with them. Many theologians have seen a connection between this meal and the Lord’s Supper. In both we commune with Christ and believe is in our midst.
Things to consider –
· Jesus appears to these two disciples as they are going about their regular tasks of life. They had business or family in Emmaus and thus the journey. It is good to know that we can find Jesus in ordinary life as well as sacred moments.
· Do you ever urge Jesus to stay with you? Could this be something you could do in prayer?
· Do Jesus’ words, “O foolish and slow of heart to believe,” describe you?
· Does your heart ever burn within your when you hear the words of Christ?
· Do you feel like you experience the presence of Christ when you celebrate the Lord’s Supper with your church?
· Do you tend to have high or low expectations of the experience?
· Expect to experience the risen Christ the next time you take Communion.
Guide for prayer –
· Take 1 minute to calm your mind and gather your spirit.
· Consider that Jesus allowed the two disciples to fully tell their story before responding. Consider the possibility that God is a good listener. Think of how often he listens patiently to us. Consider that he knows that we find comfort in unloading our burdens. Take some moments, then to talk to God. Tell him what is on your heart. Unload any burdens. Know that he is listening.
· Consider ways that Christ has come to you in ways you were not expecting? Thank him for doing so.
· Speak to Jesus. Thank him that he gives you words of instruction about himself. Thank him that he does not hide himself, or only does so briefly. Thank him that he makes himself known to his friends. Ask Jesus to stay with you and not depart. Ask him to make himself known in unexpected moments, when you are in prayer, when you celebrate communion in the church, and at other moments. Tell Jesus that you are his friend and will be his friend.
· Take some moments to offer your own prayers to God. Offer whatever prayers seem appropriate.