Reading Luke 24.13–35
… the Church is a pilgrim people, always on the way towards a promised goal; here the Church does not have a continuing city but seeks one to come. On the way Christ feeds the Church with Word and Sacraments, and it has the gift of the Spirit in order that it may not lose the way.
Paragraph 3 Uniting Church Basis of Union (1992)
The story of the Road to Emmaus is one of my favourite stories in all the scriptures. Before we talk about it, I want you to notice one thing: this story takes the shape of a service of worship—and that’s no accident.
It begins with people gathered with the Risen Lord. These people hear the Word of the Lord. Then they receive bread and wine from the Risen Lord. Just as we are now.
Let’s get to the story. Continue reading
The risen life: walking in hope
1 Peter 1.17-23
But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.
Cleopas and his friend had hoped…but their hopes died with Jesus.
People can live through any loss, except the loss of hope. Hope is essential to a human life. Without hope, we are diminished.
How do we sustain hope when things go wrong? How do we keep ourselves out of the pit of despair?
To answer those questions, let’s join Cleopas and his friend on the way to Emmaus. (There are those who believe this was no friend with Cleopas, but his wife—and I think they make a good case. So I’m going to call them Mr and Mrs Cleopas.)
As we join them on the road, we notice something straight away. This isn’t an amble, a ramble or a stroll. Neither is it a quick march, and there’s no spring in their step.
These despairing disciples are trudging, they’re plodding, barely able to drag one foot after another.
The stranger can’t help but notice the way they’re walking. It looks a lot like the walk of a condemned man to the scaffold.
Yet even in their deep despair, they allow this third man to join them. They extend hospitality to him.