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Sunday 30th April 2017
Third Sunday of Easter, Year A
Acts 2: 14, 22-33     1 Peter 1: 17-21     Luke 24: 13-35


The Stranger.

Religious educators love Luke’s story about the disciples travelling to Emmaus. They see in it all sorts of parallels with the way we live as Christians. So they speak about the way we meet Jesus today, just like the two disciples.

They were so engrossed in their own thoughts that they did not recognise the stranger who joined them. They knew what had just happened (Christ’s death) and they were feeling low, but they couldn’t make the connection between the events in Jerusalem and what they had learnt about in the scriptures. It took Jesus to explain the scriptures to them before their lives began to make sense.

And when they all stopped for some food it was then that they really knew who the stranger was. They recognised him when he did what he had done so many times: took the bread, said a blessing, broke the bread and then shared it with them.

Religious educators love the story because it’s an easy way to teach about the Eucharist. We gather together as a community of believers (meeting on the road); we hear and listen to the word of God (Jesus explaining things to the disciples); and then we celebrate the Eucharist (the same four things that Jesus did with the food).

It’s a sure bet that St Luke had this in mind when he chose to tell his story in the way he did. And it holds true today that if we wanted to know how to recognise Jesus in our midst, then we could do worse than search for him in other people we meet in the street, in the word of God, and in the sacraments which Jesus left as a memorial of his presence.




Scripture Reflections (below) © Peter J Harrison 2017