On a walk after Easter toward Warm Springs
(that’s what “Emmaus” means, in Hebrew…)
the disciples still wrestled with their faith.
They couldn’t give it up, but they didn’t know how to go on.
They said things like “Things will never get better.” “Today will be just like yesterday.” “Life will never change.” “The world is hopeless.” “This disappointment is permanent.” “Death is the end.”
The disciples weren’t able to change the tone or content of
their conversation until someone joined them on their walk.
Unbeknownst to them, Jesus walked and talked with them,
only being recognized in the breaking of the bread.
This is a story for us.
We need the assurance, too, that even when
we do not feel the hope of the Resurrection,
the Risen Lord walks beside us.
“Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” Luke 24: 45-47