the encounter with Jesus is in the present moment

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Today’s Gospel, Luke 24:13-35, is the Emmaus story.  Of the many lessons that one can derive from this tender story,  the one that I find most helpful is that the encounter with Jesus is in the present moment.

Two of Jesus’ disciples are on their way to the village of Emmaus.  They are “conversing about all the things that had occurred (Jesus’ Passion and Death).”  They are caught up in their grief.  Meanwhile, “Jesus Himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him.”  Why did they not recognize Him?  He was not a ghost.  He was flesh and blood, walking with them and conversing with them. He was not a stranger.  He had been their teacher and constant companion for several years.  What was different in this situation?  I believe that they did not recognize Him because they were not truly present…

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