Monday, February 1, 2016

Week of Christian Unity Day 8 Reflection


Luke 24: 13-36 The Disciples on the Road to Emmaus

Beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about Himself in all the scriptures.

Meditation: Overcoming our Differences

On the cover of the preliminary printed version of the Lutheran-Catholic Declaration on the Way (October 2015) is a modern artist’s painting of the Disciples walking down the road to Emmaus with Jesus--unrecognized. I have been thinking a great deal about this painting. recall that the disciples realized in retrospect why their hearts were burning within them as they walked, and talked. Later they recognized Jesus in the breaking of bread. Soon, with their discouragement behind them, they returned to Jerusalem to share the news, and Jesus message to them, with others.

I am much slower than the disciples. In mid-November while I was ‘on the road’ I realized that the artist’s cover and the text were one—they should be seen together.

In the last two sections of the text we discuss (IV) 15 Remaining Differences and (V) Next Steps along the Way. How will we move forward? How will these obstacles be overcome?

We can see, hear and feel the answer. Are we seeing Jesus and not recognizing Him? Are we hearing His message? When is the Spirit of Jesus burning within us? Who do we tell?


Lord Jesus, you have made our hearts burn within us, and have sent us back upon the road towards our brothers and sisters, with the Gospel message on our lips. Help us to see that hope and obedience to your commands always lead to the greater unity of your people. Amen.

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