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Reticent revealer [readings for April 6]

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Supper at Emmaus, Diego VelasquezJesus Christ, de-materializer: Out of the tomb—then the stone is removed. Missing—then, in rooms doors locked for fear, suddenly there (Whoa!).

If science-as-we-know-it-now is king to you, skip these stories.

This time, on resurrection day afternoon, a teacher joins up with two heavy-hearted followers of Jesus as they hike out to Emmaus village. Innocently, he asks for the latest topic, then launches in to a lecture about Jesus from the Hebrew Bible.

They stop, they persuade him to stay the night, they eat. And as he tears the scooping-bread, someone turns the focus dial on their vision—or he changes himself yet again to become familiar. They recognize their teacher and constant companion of the last three years—and he is gone.

It defies conventional wisdom, the way he obscures himself. I would have marched down to the palace, grinned at the soldiers, and laughed at Pilate and his puny Roman Empire. But Jesus only briefly reveals himself, and mostly to people who’ve already trusted him enough to become his followers.

Things haven’t changed much, have they?

Third Sunday of Easter – April 6, 2008
Luke 24:13-35; Acts 2:14a,36-41;Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19;1 Peter 1:17-23

Luke 24:13-35
The Road to Emmaus
13-16That same day two of them were walking to the village Emmaus, Read the rest of this entry »

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March 31, 2008 at 5:01 pm