There are times in my life when I have been tempted to walk away from situations because they are too much or have become unbearable. It seems best to give up and walk away.
In the gospel passage today, from Luke, we have the two disciples who are turning their backs on Jerusalem and walking away. Jesus joins them on the road but they don’t recognise that it is he. Their hopes and dreams that centred around Jesus have been shattered by his cruel torture and crucifixion. Jesus saw that their faces were downcast and he asked them what matters were they discussing as they walked along? Jesus listens. He hears their hopes and their disappointment with what has happened. He then shows how the words of Scripture relate to all they have experienced in Jerusalem. The words of Scripture go straight to their hearts. “Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us.” They ask him to stay with them.
It is important to realise that the risen Lord walks with us on our road. He is at our side when we want to give up. We need to tell him about all that we do not understand in our lives. He will use the Scriptures to help us to look at things in a new way.
Dear Lord, risen from the dead, you walk beside me. When I don’t understand I can turn to you so you can show me what all this means. I hold out my disappointments to you. Help me to discover the true meaning behind all that is happening to me and all around me.