The Road to Emmaus

Sermon Summary for Sunday, April 30th, 2017 | Respectfully Submitted by Floyd Braid

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On this third week of Easter the Gospel takes us to the road to Emmaus where two of Jesus's disciples are walking. Soon Jesus walks up alongside them and inquiries about what they are discussing. They do not recognize Jesus and are surprised that the man does not know what has just happened in Jerusalem. They tell the man of what has happened over the last three days and express their grief and fear of what is to come.

The long road speaks to the journey that we all find ourselves on and the doubt, fear and grief we encounter when things don’t always turn out the way we had hoped. Those on the road to Emmaus struggled because they had hoped for a different ending to the Jesus story.

“They had hoped that Jesus would be their Messiah”, “They were expecting a Warrior Messiah, but got a Suffering Servant.” It seems as if they were so blinded by what didn’t happen that they couldn’t see Jesus right in front of them. Jesus doesn’t reveal himself, but instead shares their journey, hears their pain, fear and grief. He is just there with and for them so that they may have the time to make the journey. He came alongside and walked, talked and listened which allowed them to see. Once they had taken their journey and shared their grief, Jesus offered them bread and wine and Jesus was revealed through the Eucharist

“O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”