A long journey ahead

This week, the Community are on mission in Merthyr Tydfil. As part of this some of us are giving the reflections at the daily, evening, Eucharist services. Throughout the week we are focussing on the story of the two travellers on the road to Emmaus. It is from this passage, in St. Luke’s Gospel that our reflections are drawn.

Here is the first one;

‘…two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognising him. And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ Luke 24:13-17

Two weary travellers, on their way to Emmaus, unaccompanied, chatting, journeying. They were on a physical journey to a destination but we soon discover they were on a spiritual one too. As they wandered Jesus comes near and they find themselves in conversation with this stranger.

We are all on journeys throughout our lives, both physical and spiritual, we are all travelling somewhere. We begin life as young, trusting, naive, innocent beings. We have no knowledge of the bad this world can bring. As we grow we begin to have our eyes opened, we see the bad things in life, all the destruction and pain, but we also see the blessings life can give too. Our weary travellers were discussing the events of the past few days, the torture, death and amazing resurrection of Jesus. This was something extraordinary, was it really true? What did it mean? Who was this man?

Their minds were full of so many questions, doubts and confusion… then Jesus comes along side of them and asks them what they are discussing. They don’t recognise him, he is just an ordinary person to them. When have you be journeying through life and someone has come alongside you? Have you shared with them the discussions of your mind? If you opened up to someone, did you feel better for talking to them? If you didn’t open up, what kept you guarded?

Life is full of trials, temptations and distractions. The journey from birth to death can be long, hard and tiresome, but we don’t have to walk it alone. There were two travellers on the road to Emmaus, sharing the journey together. Do you have someone you can journey through life with? They don’t have to be a husband or wife, maybe for you it’s a friend or a family member? Often we can set out on the right path but we veer off onto another one, has there been a time in your life where you have changed paths, veered off and journeyed alone?

So this week, we begin to journey together as we embark on this mission, trusting in God to walk alongside us as we seek him on a deeper level and bring his Gospel in a new way to this town. Like the two travellers on the Emmaus road, we are not alone. So often we do not recognise Jesus coming alongside us. Like the travellers our eyes are kept from recognising him. Jesus can come to us in many ways, through our friends, our family, our ministers. This week we should be encourage you to look for Jesus in your life as both an individual and a community, do you recognise him? Where is he in your journey?

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