Wednesday, April 23, 2014

THE ROAD TO EMMAUS


ON THE ROAD TO EMMAUS:
Luke 24:13-35

“Jesus meets the two disciples (and scholars suggest that this was a man and his wife) and asks them why they are so downhearted. One of them answers by telling Jesus that, he, Jesus, must be the only person who is ignorant of what has just happened, the crucifixion. Luke does not want us to miss the irony in this. Jesus is, in fact, the only person who does know what has happened. But Jesus plays naïve and has them explain to him their interpretation of the crucifixion. In their interpretation, the crucifixion was understood as a humiliation so great that it is impossible to integrate it into their faith. It effectively ends their faith and hope. To this, Jesus responds harshly, calling them ‘foolish and senseless.’ Why? Because, as Jewish believers, they would have been familiar with the Psalm that says: “The fool says in his heart that there is no God!” And in their inability to integrate the crucifixion into their vision of God, they were saying in their hearts precisely what the foolish say; namely, that given this kind of humiliation, there can be no God.”

--Ron Rolheiser, Sacred Fire, p. 102





6 comments:

  1. The road to Emmaus is hands-down my favorite story in Scripture. What a shock of consolation and relief. My God, He is everywhere.

    NY Mom

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  2. "And in their inability to integrate the crucifixion into their vision of God, they were saying in their hearts precisely what the foolish say; namely, that given this kind of humiliation, there can be no God.”
    --And in each of our own personal humiliations, shortcomings, unfairness of it all, lack of support, complete and utter failures to have been a decent human being... our inability to integrate our story and experiences with our vision of God--and are left to say... alas there can be no God... could it be said that our Faith in God is tied to our Faith in ourselves? Tied to the belief that we can never be forsaken--even when for all appearances we most definitely have been... crucified... and praying for resurrection?

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  3. It was a toss-up between this title and another to achieve free shipping but somehow I felt drawn to the other, so, the other it is; Fr. Pat McNulty's I Live Now, Not I.

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  4. "Were our hearts not burning within us?" (verse 32) - what a question! To be in the very presence of Christ and to not recognize him! Ahh!

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    1. Yes--and even his own disciples didn't recognize him!

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