“As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.”
So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.
They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”
although the two disciples did not recognize Jesus on the road to Emmaus, Jesus recognized them; he saw them as if they were the only two people in the world.
and the reason why the resurrection is more than just an extraordinary event that took place some two thousand years ago and then was over and done with is that, even as you read these words and internalize them, Jesus also comes to each one of us like that.
in this dark world where we see so little because of our unrecognizing eyes, he, whose eye is on the sparrow, sees each one of us as the child we are.
and because he sees us, not even in the darkness of death are we lost to him or lost to each other. whether we recognize him or not, or believe in him or not, or even know his name, again and again he comes and walks a little way with us along whatever road we’re following.
(adapted from Frederick Buechner; “The Secret in the Dark” published in The Longing for Home.)