The walk to Emmaus in Luke is a walk of doubt. And despite what we think is supposed to happen, that is the very time Jesus shows up.
and when Jesus joins us
Easter 3A | Luke 24:13-35
Most days I sit right in this chair and look through the window behind this screen and see the outside world.
I’ll give you a second to wrap your head around this image—that there’s a window behind you on my side of this glass computer screen. I can see you and I can see past you. And I can see world that is not actually behind you. And yet you can see me as if through a new window. What a strange sensation! Almost like magic!
And just as you can imagine that window, imagine your own window. The sun is shining. Occasionally, there’s a slightly bobbing head of a person walking their dog, or maybe walking with a spouse.
If you’re like me, every glimpse of a person through something other than a screen awakens a longing. Even with total strangers. Maybe there’s something we can talk about.
Of course, I don’t run out and strike up a conversation with a total stranger. Or act like a crazy person and shout out my window at them. I feel that sense of distance, notice that sensation of longing, and sometimes I stop. And I pray. For them. Health. Hope. And I go back to writing or recording or visiting or emailing or…
It is through this image—of watching others walk—or when my family ventures out on our family walks throughout the day that this gospel story feels relevant. Last week was perfect—we know that sense of feeling holed up in that upper room. Cooped up with a mix of fear, frustration, and sadness.
This story is brimming with the same feelings told differently…
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