Archive for May 7th, 2011
Luke 24:13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19 He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him.21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22 Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23 and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25 Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. 28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29 But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34 They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.2011
What Stays With Us?
A stray dog or cat that no other neighbor will take in to their home.
Dr Mom says: Breakfast, be it oat meal, grits, fortified cereal, or the All-American platter.
Dr Mom says: Lunch at the Varsity will stay with you until it runs the course of your whole digestive tract.
How many plastic bags have you saved up from the grocery stores? Just when you are re-purposed and recycled a cubic yard of them, more show up every day.
Pollen, the memory of a hurtful word or frightening event…
What leaves us?
Loved ones, unfulfilled dreams, and the certainty of security after a storm.
Our keys, wallets, checkbook, money, and our minds…
Our children, our patience, hope and passion in daily living…
What if Jesus came in and turned things right side up for us?
The beginning of the conversation, Jesus is a stranger, even though he is standing right in front of them, in arms reach.. they don’t get it.
- At the end of the conversation, when they recognized who has been at the table with them, Jesus disappears..
- At the beginning they were sad and shocked with grief and rejected
- At the end, they are both ashamed and assured.
Jesus Stays with Us, even though He has left us. (THE mystery of our faith)
Some believe: It is better to live in the dark not seeing the truth…
Some would rather avoid the true living than see the opportunities we have missed it.
I have never been a mother, so I cannot speak from first hand knowledge, but I speak as one with a mother and experiences of other moms..
A mother hopes for their child to be safe and protected,
But there comes a point that they don’t want them living at home..
Spending all their money and eating all their food.
But for mothers who have lost their children, how they might love to spend another day at home and share all they had no matter the cost.
A Southern Mom wants you to eat all you can, but stay in shape to do the chores the need and expect you to do because they brought you into this work and would rather not take you out.. …it cant be both, can it?
When, Jesus is not here, he is risen; but even in his absence, he is here.
The heart of this passage for us today is discovering the power of RECOGNIZING Jesus in our daily life.
Many times, for many people it is Mom who shows unconditional love — the very heart of God.
Other times it is in the extravagant generosity of forgiving someone who has wronged you, that they see Christ, Real, for the first time.
For others folks it is when you break your silence and routine to boldly love, freely welcome, and patiently listen.. It comes through your words, your works and your willingness to break open the bread..
I love being the first one to open the peanut butter jar.. to make that first precision cut into the creamy goodness of what choosy Mother bring home to us all..
What if you and I were the first one to the scene after a storm, would we stand around and complain? Would we run away in fear or from feeling overwhelmed?
What if you could be the one who breaks open the closed and cold heart of one who grieves, fears, or clings to their own self control…
HOW… It begins in RADICAL HOSPITALITY.
1. Sharing our fear, disappointments in honest conversation
2. Becoming available to be with and stay with one another, witnesses in Christ’s whole coming to us.
3. In the daily routine of eating a meal, God’s presence is shared. Open up your table, open up your doors, open up your hearts, open up your minds… Let’s stay awhile.
Homework: Linger at the table today and focus more on honest conversation rather than calories and presents. Be willing to stay available with one another, to be real and realize God is speaking and working in us and around us…
4. Respond: When Cleopas and his wife recognize Jesus with them, they moved passed shame to remind the rest of the faith community. He is risen, just as you said! And the circle of faith grows.
A Prayer for our Daughters and Sons
Oxford College Commencement 2011 John T. Brantley, OX84
In this conversation of faith and prayer we reverently invoke almighty aid, asking that our hearts and this hallowed lawn, both be filled with divine joy!
We gather in the Spirit, in the rich uniqueness of individuals and in the blessing of a challenging community to celebrate this day, and these, our daughters and sons.
While this moment might be but a temporary demarcation, it is with sacred anticipation, grateful participation, and deep appreciation that we find ourselves together, here, honoring these emerging leaders, builders, explorers and poets.
We trust these graduates will one day look back upon this event, able to affirm the fruitfulness of dreaming large dreams, the necessary labors of struggle as well as a continued passion for learning and discovery.
Together, may we all find a common, shared life that is far greater than the one we might have hoped to find and more vibrant than the one given by the certainty of change.
We pray with our daughters and sons. Let our lives be, through all our days, filled with the joy we now share. This I ask in the power and grace, our Creator. Amen.