“In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who he was.” Luke 24:15,16
Two disciples walked and talked on the long road to Emmaus about the events that led up to death of Jesus. Jesus had been laid to rest in a tomb and now he was missing. When a stranger joined them, they couldn’t believe he didn’t know what had been going on and of them asked, “Where have you been — you must be the only one who hasn’t heard the news.”
On our last trip to Hackettstown, New Jersey, Glen and I took a walk from our daughter’s house to the main street shopping area. As we passed by a construction site, we talked about the rumored CVS drug store that was to be built on the site. A woman came up from behind and joined our conversation. Within the next block we learned that besides a CVS drug store, plans had been approved for a low-income apartments. I think she was trying to get a feeling from us about where we stand on the project. When we said we didn’t live in Hackettstown, she said, “It’s no wonder you haven’t heard about this construction.”
I think of the disciples who encountered the stranger on the road to Emmaus, who turned out to be the resurrected Christ. How would their conversation have changed if they had known his identity earlier?
Dear Lord, help us to engage in conversation to discover more about the world around us. Amen.