The Good News for the day, April 4, 2018
Wednesday in the Octave of Easter (263)
That same day—the first day of the week—two followers of Jesus were going to a town, Emmaus, several hours from Jerusalem. They were discussing everything that had happened. While they were talking—even disagreeing– Jesus himself happened to meet them; he started walking along with them. (Their eyes, though, were prevented from recognizing him.) He asked them, “What are you talking about as you walked along?” They paused, dejected. One of them, Cleopas, replied, “Are you the only person visiting Jerusalem who doesn’t know about everything that has been happening there these days?” He replied, “What’s been happening?” They said, “All the things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene! He was a prophetic man—someone convincing in what he did and said both about religion and the public—how our religious leaders and politicians got him both convicted and crucified. Here we were hoping he’d be the one to get Israel back! Besides all this, it’s now the third day since this happened—and some women we know, though, have surprised us. When they visited the gravesite early this morning, they did not find his Body; they came back, claiming that they had experienced a vision of angels who were telling them he was alive. Then some of those with us went to the gravesite and found it was exactly what the women had described. Him they did not see.” He said to them, “You don’t get it. It is your heart that is so slow to believe everything the prophets said! No—didn’t the Messiah have to suffer these things so that his importance would become clear (“enter his glory”)?” Starting then with Moses and all the prophets, he explained to them what had been written about him in the Bible. As they came into town, he seemed to prefer going on, but they pressed him, “Stay here with us, it’s late; daylight is almost gone.” So, he went in to stay with them. Then it happened: while he was eating with them, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. At this, their eyes were opened! They saw who He was—then he was gone from their sight! They said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts burning within us when he was talking to us on the way and clarifying the Bible for us?” They set out at once to get back to Jerusalem. There they found the Chosen Eleven gathered, the people with them saying, “Our Leader has really been raised; he has appeared to Simon!” Then the two said what had taken place—and how He was recognized by them in breaking the bread. (Luke 24)
This story calls on you to see the Risen, Living Jesus with your Heart—and in the Breaking of the Bread. You see Jesus not with your eye —but with your heart.