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Luke 24:13-35 Commentary
by Marilyn Salmon
The walk to Emmaus continues the empty tomb narrative.
The women encounter “two men in dazzling clothes” who tell them that Jesus has risen (24:4). They tell this to the others (verse 9) but they did not believe them (verse 11). Peter did check out the tomb, and though amazed, he went home (verse 13). The account of Easter morning is incomplete without the travel to Emmaus and the disciples’ encounter with the risen Christ.
The Emmaus journey appears only in Luke and is sometimes called “the journey of every Christian.” It has all of the elements of the Christian life: discouragement, disappointment, doubt, risk, times of deep faith, the spirit of companionship, interpreting the scriptures, the presence of Christ in the sacraments, profound wonder and incomparable joy in telling others the good news of God made known in the risen Christ.
The gospel of Luke was written sometime in the 80s CE, and this journey narrative from Jerusalem to Emmaus seems to address followers of Christ in every generation -- from the ...
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Narrative Lectionary 079: Emmaus Road
April 07, 2013
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Mary Shore, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. The readings for Second Sunday of Easter are Luke 24:13-35 and Psalm 30 or 30:11.