This Week's Sermon

Third Sunday in Easter
Emmaus is Everywhere!

The Road to Emmaus was such an important story that the Methodist Church used it as the base of their renewal weekend retreat.  Cleopas and another follower of Jesus were walking to Emmaus, discussing the events of the morning of the resurrection where the women went to the tomb and found it empty except for the angel that appeared to them telling them that Jesus was not there, he had risen from the dead.  As they were walking and chatting,  the risen Lord joined them on the road and began to say to them,  “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared!  Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?  Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.”  Even though it was Jesus talking to them, they were unable to recognize his as he talked to them.  They urged him to stop and stay with them for the night, and when he broke bread, then their eyes were opened and they recognized the Lord!

Can you imagine having Jesus as you private guide to help interpret the scriptures?  No wonder they said that he made their hearts burn as he taught them along the road.  On the road to Emmaus, Jesus was with them, but it was not until they broke bread together, that they recognized him in their midst.  It is not too different for us today when we read the scriptures and celebrate Holy Communion together. How many times have we been discussing scriptures and our hearts also burn with insight?  Jesus is there with us helping us understand and bringing us great joy.  And, when we allowed gathering together again and breaking bread, we feel that Jesus is there with us and is what we Anglican’s call Real Presence.  He is really present in the wine and the bread, but he is also really present in the people gathered.  The risen Christ is still making himself known to us, even this day as we stay alone.  Can we recognize him?  

Faithfully yours in Christ,

The Rev. Michael Carr




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