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     This Week's Focus -  "Easter Eyes"
        Click link for Luke 24:13-35
















 


 Dear Friends,
 
They weren’t looking for Jesus. They were sure he was lost forever. And then he was with them… walking and talking, explaining scripture, opening doors to spirituality. He moved with them so easily, so unobtrusively that they did not recognize the risen Savior until he revealed himself in the breaking of the bread.

Could this week’s gospel be any clearer? The risen Christ is with us always… all through the day, in every one we meet. But too often, he goes unrecognized. He is only a Sunday presence at best… here for the breaking of the bread and then ignored in our self-absorption. That’s not God’s plan. We are meant to live in the risen Christ… continually, not spasmodically… actively, not abstractly. 

Look around you. We are surrounded by I-phones, I-pads, I-pods. Most indicate their active status by a glowing red light. It tells us that the device is on. It is active. It is engaged. It is ready to receive. Sometimes I wish our souls came with a little light that tells us when our “Easter Eyes” are on… when we are open to the reality of the Resurrection… when we are ready to see Christ in all around us. 

Jesus is in our midst constantly. He promises us: Behold I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. He’s here, but without “Easter Eyes” we don’t see him. Our red light is off. We’re not even looking… awash in the ordinary, we are blind to the extraordinary… all those surprising opportunities God gives us to witness his love. 

Like any gift from God, we must use it or lose it. Seeing through “Easter Eyes” takes practice. It takes a daily, conscious effort to connect with Christ and to stay connected throughout the day, looking for opportunities to share his love.

The formula for this is simple. It’s called prayer. Part of it is spoken. But most of it is lived. Welcome-in your day with Jesus. Give him your hopes and expectations, your concerns and anxieties. Share your joy with him. Ask him to help work out your resentments and forgive your lapses. Unlike even the most advanced electronic devices, the more you are turned on to Jesus, the more you are spiritually recharged… the sharper your vision, the brighter your light will shine.

But it is not enough that we are alert to Christ in our midst. It’s not enough that we recognize him. It is not even enough that we look for Christ in others. We must show the world that the risen Christ lives in us, too.

Significantly, the disciples recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread. For two-thousand years the Eucharist has been our portal to Communion with the risen Christ. In it we consume in microcosm the entire mystery of the redemption… the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus. In it we are joined not in a metaphorical Body of Christ, but in a palpable presence. Jesus is with us. Jesus is in us.

This gospel is a mystery, not a ghost story. The essential mystery of our faith… the paschal mystery… is that: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. That mystery was on full display on the road to Emmaus. The disciples did not see and talk with a ghost. They saw the living, risen Christ… both body and soul. They were not looking for him. They did not recognize him, at first. But through reading and discussing scripture and through the breaking of the bread, he made himself present to them… as he makes himself present to us this morning. 

What are we doing today to look for him, to see him, to recognize him… to welcome him? For many of us, these are the questions that define our lives. They are built reflexively into our day. For others they are unfamiliar, awkward, uncomfortable. For them the risen Christ passes through their midst… unseen, untouched. 

But for all of us… both the humble and the proud… the faithful and the self-absorbed… there is one constant: Jesus is in our midst this morning. True to his promises, we need only look for him… with “Easter Eyes.”  

He is risen… Alleluia!


God love you!
 

 
 

A Reflection for The Third Sunday after Easter, Year A
©The Reverend David F. Sellery

 
Copyright © 2017 David Sellery, All rights reserved.


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