Burning Hearts and Open Eyes

The Gospel reading for this coming Sunday is from Luke 24 – The Road to Emmaus. We could speculate as to why Cleopas and the other disciple did not recognize Jesus. Likely we would not be entirely right. One sure hindrance was what we all experience. We fail to see what we do not expect to see. They did not expect to see a resurrected Jesus. They may have expected it one day, but not that day.

We all are alerted to new things to see when they are pointed out to us. Sometimes we will benefit from someone else who sees. Other times we will make the discover as something we see in a different light triggers a fresh awareness.

When Jesus breaks the bread with the two he had joined on their journey, their eyes were opened. Familiarity with table fellowship as a follower of Jesus came flooding back as Jesus raised the bread. The Bread of Life raised the bread of fellowship. Those who had been close to that fellowship now came to understand a new reality, resurrection.

Grasping the resurrection creates burning hearts and open eyes to living the resurrection. Living, practicing, resurrection will bring the realities of the Kingdom of God to bear on the world around us.

Let’s practice resurrection.

Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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