Jesus’ Appearance to the Disciples on the Road to Emmaus

This meditation is based on a passage for April 4, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Luke 24:13-35

Reflection and Question: Christ is risen — He is risen indeed! This passage is my favorite resurrection story because it is so human and plausible, except, perhaps, the part that tells of Jesus vanishing when the disciples finally recognize Him. I find so earnest the way these three men fall into conversation as they walk, and the way Jesus so easily teaches from Scripture. I love the hospitality of the disciples who invite the stranger to stay the night. And I love that the breaking and blessing of bread, our actions in the Lord’s Supper, prompts their recognition of Jesus at last. What makes your heart burn within you this day of days?

Prayer: Do not be afraid; I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.
He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Alleluia!
Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the feast.
Alleluia! Amen.
(Sentences from Scripture, Book of Common Worship, p. 323)