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The journeying Christ: April 10.

Acts 2:14, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-3.5

Luke 24:13-35 contains my favorite gospel story. With his usual storytelling skill, Luke draws us into this narrative of two disillusioned, disappointed disciples who are traveling to Emmaus (we are never told why) and meet a stranger on the way. Eventually they realize this stranger is Jesus. As with so many of Luke's stories, it illustrates something of the Christian journey of faith.

So many of us go through life disillusioned and disappointed, unable to understand what has happened to us. When we first meet Jesus, we rarely recognize who he is, but slowly, as he travels with us, he explains to us what is going on.

This story can also function as a model for evangelism and pastoral care. The quickest thing for Jesus to do on the road to Emmaus would have been to tell the disciples who he was, what had happened to him, and invite them to believe. He didn't do this. Instead he journeyed with them and first got them to tell him what was troubling them. Only then did Jesus explain things to them and open their eyes.

It is tempting when we meet people to hurry them, to offer a solution to their problems. Jesus does not do this. He meets people with gentleness and patience, and journeys with them. Luke reminds us to do the same.
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Title Annotation:Living the word: reflections on the revised common lectionary, cycle A
Author:Gooder, Paula
Publication:Sojourners
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Apr 1, 2005
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