Today is Easter Wednesday, the 24 April.
The monks of the Abbey of Keur Moussa sing the Benedictus: ‘Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, He has visited his people and redeemed them.’ As I enter in prayer, I rest for a moment in that confidence, that reassurance, that whatever has gone wrong in the world, whatever has gone wrong in my life, ‘The Lord has visited his people and redeemed them’.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Luke.
Today we break off the story half-way. These two disciples are in a bad way: frightened, all their hopes dashed, running away. Can you remember a time in your own life when you’ve shared something of these feelings?
Then a stranger joins them. He encourages them to tell their story, and helps them to make sense of it. Here it is the attention of a sympathetic listener, and remembering some lines from the Bible, that seems to help them most. What most helps you to make sense of things in your own life?
As you listen to the rest of the story, notice especially the changes going on in the minds and hearts of these two disciples.
Sitting down with the stranger to eat a meal, there’s something about what he says and does that help them to see that this stranger is in fact Jesus. Can you pick out a point in the last few days where you have experienced the risen Jesus? Talk to him for a moment or two about where he appears in your own life, and what he does there.