Our Road to Emmaus

We all seem to be looking for comfort in these days of uncertainty, I continue to find that the readings in our lectionary during Eastertide to be nothing short of perfect! This Sunday’s reading from Luke (Luke 24:13-35) is the familiar one about two disciples on the road to Emmaus.

Their journey is both literal and spiritual. It tells the story of these disciples who, after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, are walking to the village of Emmaus. It also outlines a spiritual journey of sorts that many of us have taken. We move from not recognizing Jesus, to coming to an understanding of what scripture says about him, and recognizing him for who he is and what he is doing in our lives.

We find these disciples on the road when Jesus joins them. There is “something” that prevents them from recognizing him. They are sad about the previous days and recount the horrific events to this stranger they have met. Jesus calls out their lack of understanding and explains “the things about himself in all the scriptures.” But they still don’t get it–they still cannot “see” Jesus for who he is.

I, too, can find myself feeling sad during these days of sheltering in place. But I still find Jesus in these days of quarantine. These disciples recognize their Lord in the midst of an ordinary act of sitting down for a meal. “Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.” What is it that triggers recognition in us? What is it that makes us aware of Christ’s presence in these days of isolation? We don’t need to look far. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate or complicated. It can be the simplest thing. A prayer. A phone call from a friend. A budding flower outside your window. A familiar song or a wave from a neighbor.

These disciples found Christ in the midst of the ordinary act of a meal-may we also have “aha” moments of recognition and continue to see his presence in our everyday lives. I pray we all find joy in the simple things that he brings our way until we can break bread together once again.

God’s peace.

The Reverend Deacon Robin O. Sands