Easter Peace to All! May your lives truly be BACKLIT WITH JOY!
Most of us don’t have problems recognizing our friends, unless we haven’t seen them in a long time or they’ve changed a lot due to age or health. But shortly after the first Easter, as two people fled the scene of all that had happened, we’re told “Jesus himself drew near and walked with them.” But they were prevented from recognizing him.
They had just witnessed all that had happened, so why did they not know him? Were they so distracted and disillusioned? Well, yes, probably. We, too, often don”t realize Jesus is walking with us. When wrapped up in the way we think things should be, or when discouragement, fear or grief take our hearts hostage, it’s easy to have eyes closed to the ones nearest to us.
The Emmaus travelers poured out their pain to Jesus, the stranger. Something made them trust him. And when it was evening, they begged him to remain with them. We know the rest. “While he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him.” Jesus, friend and companion, help us recognize you each day as you bless and break open the bread of our lives and yours.