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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 30, 2018

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FRIDAY, March 30     Good Friday

Luke 24:13-14 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 today we mourn with Mary and the disciples as we recall Jesus’ death on the cross, our journey through the Gospel of Luke takes us beyond his death to his resurrection and the walk to Emmaus.

Emotions fill the hearts of Jesus’ two followers as they walk. Hope and excited conversation keep the pair so preoccupied that they don’t notice the stranger walking beside them until he asks what has happened in Jerusalem. Don’t you know? They ask. Everyone has heard what happened!

The stranger begins to talk, sharing a deep knowledge of the scriptures. Reaching Emmaus, they invite him to dinner. They watch as he takes bread, blesses it, breaks it, gives it to them—and vanishes. And in that moment, they wake up to his presence.

It takes this “stranger” walking beside them and breaking bread in their midst to help Jesus’ followers understand. Like our friends in this story, we know about Jesus but don’t comprehend the most important thing—he is right here beside us, walking with us, every step of the way.

MOVING FORWARD: Has Jesus ever been revealed to you in the face of a stranger? How does this story change the way you think about strangers?

Good Book Club Reading: Luke 24:13-35

PRAY for the Diocese of Bujumbura (Burundi)



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