April 15, 2018

Reading Luke 24: 13-35 (NRSV)

With Jesus, life is not an open and shut case, because the final condition is open.

Before the events in today’s reading, Jesus ‘s body was shut into the tomb. But just that morning the tomb was found open.

Two disciples are walking to Emmaus. Jesus appears but their eyes are kept from recognizing him. Their eyes are shut, their minds and hearts are shut to the living Jesus.

They tell about the women seeing angels and hearing that Jesus is alive. Their minds are astounded but eyes are still shut.

They hear Jesus opening the scriptures; eyes still shut, but hearts getting glimmers, so they urge Jesus to stay and eat with them. When Jesus blesses and breaks the bread, their eyes are opened.

Finally, they are open with eyes, minds, and hearts. They see the living Jesus, know that he fulfills the scriptures, and acknowledge how their hearts burned in his presence.

Open tomb, open eyes, open minds, open hearts.

Sometimes we are unaware that we are shutting down, like a blood vessel slowly getting clogged. We need to assess how open we are, push back the walls, and put in a stent to keep us open.

Which are you: open or shut?

Let us pray. Gracious God, thank you for Jesus and the miracle of new life coming out of an opened tomb. Help us to open our eyes, minds, and hearts to see, know, and share your love. Amen.

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