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"Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?" 
 Luke 24:32


Ordinary Miracles  Luke 24:13-35 by Rev. Frank Schaefer

To 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 actually happening.

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 knowing it.”

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 . . . Subscribers: click here for full