Reading: Luke 24:13-35
It’s a long reading assigned to worship on the evening of Easter every year. But, because we don’t often worship Easter evening, it is good that it is read on the third Sunday of the Second Sunday Easter two out of three years. It is one of my favorites.
Two men journeying along a dirty road on the evening of the day of Jesus’ resurrection. Just a seven-mile hike. They were talking about what has happened in Jerusalem today and trying to make sense of it. Jesus himself came near and went with them. (How many times has Jesus joined you on your journey?) The three of them engaged in conversation about the happenings of the day but the two men simply did not realize they were talking with the resurrected Christ. (How many times has Jesus joined you on your journey and you didn’t know it?)
It got to be evening and the two men wanted to practice good hospitality so they invited this stranger to have dinner with them, which he did. And wow! -- When he was at table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.”
When we gather around the table for Holy Communion, Jesus more than joins us on the road. Jesus makes himself known to us in bread and wine. Jesus, the resurrected Christ is present in our hands, our mouths, our nostrils, we see the bread, the wine. When I preside I make sure that I pour the wine into the chalice right by the microphone. I want folks to hear it, too. It is comforting to me, a preacher, to know that even if folks don’t always believe what I preach, God comes in the body of His Son and says “Here I am!”
That we could know that even as we make our everyday journeys. --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff.
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