The Walk to Emmaus
Now on that same day 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 recognizing him. And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad. 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?’ 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, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 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. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 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. 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.’
Reflection by Duke Yaguchi
‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ Of course Jesus knows. He is the center of the crucifixion and the risen Lord. Instead of revealing himself, he inquires to learn how people are reacting.
‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ We have this notion that everyone communicates like we do. During this pandemic, just as with Katrina, through news conferences on television, we think everyone knows everything they need to know. But this isn't true.
With Katrina, the poor didn't get the word of impending floods. They also didn't have the means to leave. They didn't subscribe to newspapers, and they didn't watch news on television. With our media so splintered into hundreds of cable channels and hundreds of thousands of on-line news sources, it is actually getting more difficult to get the word out to everyone. Not to mention the homeless that don't have access to any of these communication outlets.
Fast forward to the pandemic. We wonder why people don't instantly know everything? It's because information is so splintered. Polly works with students whose first language is not English. Their parents are often less able to understand English than their children. How good are we disseminating our messages through other languages? A week after Governor Kemp announced that school would be closed until March 31, a student had not gotten that word. We get bombarded with the news, yet it doesn't reach everyone. We can do our part by sharing news with the isolated.
Two thousand years later, there are still people that haven't heard of what took place in Jerusalem with Jesus. How can this be? There will always be people that haven't gotten The Word. Maybe in like fashion, we can do our part by sharing the Good News with the isolated.
I thank the Holy Spirit for breathing on me this morning. As I read the scripture, I had no plan or idea of what I would write about. I just began to write. I thank God for leading me to share these thoughts with you today. In God's name I pray. Amen.