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The Long and Winding Road

The Long and Winding Road    Luke 24:13-35

emmausWhen we think about applying the Gospel to everyday life, ideas like resurrection can seem impractical. As we saw in the Easter story, resurrection is actually happening all around us –– it’s what God is already doing in small and larger ways in the world around us. But do we recognise God at work and do we cooperate with God as partners in this work?

When disasters strike, we are called to respond to Christ at work amongst grief, loss and suffering.

When our countryside and the water table beneath is threatened by ill-considered mining ventures, we are called to respond to the Christ who gave life to the universe.

When conflict and civil unrest harms innocent people, and when dictators unleash military might against their own people, we are called to respond to the Christ who brings justice and peace.

Wherever life is at work to rescue, heal and restore there is a response that we are called to make. We can choose to ignore it and go about our lives unconcerned, or we can choose to be a part of God’s life-giving work.

We can join Jesus on the Emmaus road and then let him walk on, or we can invite him in for a meal. We can stay alone and amazed at the Christ we’ve encountered, or we can return to community and share our experience, drawing others into God’s life.

Whether by prayer, contribution, volunteering or voting, our task is to remain always open to God’s life wherever it may break out, and to be ready to respond by sharing that grace and life with others.


Acknowledgement: John Van De Laar



Luke 24: 13-35 [NRSV]      The Walk to Emmaus  

13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad.

18Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ 19He asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.’

25Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’ 27Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29But 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. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.

32They 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?’ 33That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’ 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.