Cleopas and another believer are going to Emmaus, "talking with each other about all these things that had happened" in Jesus' trial, death, and resurrection (Luke 24:14, NRSV). As they walk along, a man whom they do not recognize joins them. The stranger asks what they are talking about. Cleopas says in apparent amazement, "Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place?" In other words, "Don't you know what's been going on? Everyone in town is talking about what has happened!"
Cleopas and the other believer then recount the events of the preceding days. As they walk, the stranger begins explaining to them scripture verses about the Messiah from "Moses and all the prophets -- from the beginning of the Hebrew Bible to its end. Finally, the first two travelers invite the stranger to join them in a meal. He agrees, and as the stranger blesses and breaks bread and offers it to them, Cleopas and his friend suddenly have their spiritual eyes opened. In one remarkable instant, they see in a new way the events they have just experienced and realize that the risen Christ has been walking with them.
This story is a model for what happens when we talk with others about the meaning of scripture and its ties to our life and experience. On the road to Emmaus, two companions are trying to find meaning. As they talk together, Christ joins in the conversation, talking about scripture, what they have seen and heard and felt, and the connections between them. This story reflects a deep spiritual truth: any time we seek deeper insight into our faith, Christ is present and becomes a participant in our conversations.
The spiritual journey is a continuing conversation about the meaning of Christ's life, death, and resurrection for us. We join the conversation as we attend to God's presence in our daily interactions. And when we write about our faith or read about others' faith, as people do in The Upper Room, the conversation widens to include many we will never see face to face. Those whose meditations appear in the pages of The Upper Room speak to literally millions of people in over 100 countries, sharing their insights about following Christ.
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