In these Great Fifty Days of Easter, one of the gospel stories we read is of two disciples of Jesus walking to a village called Emmaus. (Luke 24:13-35). The resurrected Jesus meets them on the road, and walks with them. But they do not recognize him until they urge him to share a meal with them. When Jesus breaks the bread, “their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.” (Luke 24:30). The two disciples never make it to Emmaus. Instead, they turn around and return to Jerusalem to share this experience with the others. (Luke 24:33-35).
Every Sunday at Christ Church we recognize Jesus in the breaking of the bread of Eucharist. We meet him on our way. But what are we walking towards? Do we know? Is it a labyrinth? A circle? Or are we walking a road to nowhere?
Management theory tells us we should have a vision, a mission, and plans. “What will the church look like in five years?” We in the leadership group have some goals, and some plans, like the two disciples had a destination. But, more important, we have faith that if we invite Jesus along with us, where we end up and what we pass on the way will be better than any plans we can make.
We are just walking along the road with Jesus, one step at a time. Inviting the people we meet along the way to stop and have a meal with us. We don’t know if the future includes Emmaus – or Jerusalem. We know that, wherever it is, if we stick with Jesus, it will be very good.
the future is certain
Give us time to work it out
. . .
We’re on a road to nowhere
Come on inside
Taking that ride to nowhere
We’ll take that ride
I’m feeling okay this morning
And you know
We’re on the road to paradise
Here we go, here we go”(partial lyrics to “Road to Nowhere,” by The Talking Heads)