me this passage, commonly known as the “Road to Emmaus,” is one of
the most intriguing eye-witness resurrection stories, in part
because that's one Easter experience I can relate to. Other
post-resurrection stories of Jesus happen in such an
out-of-the-world miraculous way. I haven't seen a lot of signs and
wonders, but, like these disciples on the road to Emmaus, I have
looked back and discovered that God had been at work in my
life--something I couldn't for the life of me see when it was
But there is another aspect
that I truly treasure about this Easter story: the hospitality aspect.
The disciples welcome this stranger, talk to him, and even invite him
to stay with them and share a meal.
That's pretty significant because from
very early on in Christianity, there is this theme of hospitality to strangers.
In Hebrews 13:2, for instance, we read: “Do not forget to show hospitality to
strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without
And of course, Jesus said in Matthew
25:40 “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers
and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
And to me that's the heart of the
Easter story too. We live in a world eager to experience the risen Christ. There
is so much need, so much suffering, so much uncertainty
. . .
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