The Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 2: 14, 22-3; 1 Pet 1:17-21; Lk 24:13-35 (Year A)

Luke’s account of the appearance of the Risen Lord to his disciples on the road to Emmaus is both intriguing and challenging. Intriguing, because the disciples failed to recognise him. Challenging, because it questions our own perception of the same Risen Lord.

Prior to their meeting with the Lord, the disciples had been discussing their own perception of the events that had unfolded. Questioned by the unrecognised Jesus, their response could not conceal their disappointment.

“They stopped short, their faces downcast. Cleopas answered: ‘You must be the only person staying in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have been happening there these last few days.’ ”

Further questioning from Jesus pointed to the cause of their blindness. They had been enthusiastic in their welcome of a great prophet authenticated by his words and deeds, but could not come to terms with a crucified Messiah: “Our own hope had been that he would be the one to set Israel free.”

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