Read Luke 24:13-32
While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
- Luke 24:15-16 (NRSV)
Our family was enjoying a vacation at a theme park. Suddenly my wife and I noticed that our small son was missing. Greatly alarmed, we began searching for him. Someone told us to check the maze created by a series of hedges. We climbed a platform that allowed us to see its entire layout. With great relief and joy, we saw our son — lost within the maze and frightened. From our vantage point we could see him, but our son’s focus was on finding the way out. He was so afraid that he couldn’t recognize us or even see us. But soon we were together again, and we could comfort him.
This experience brought to mind the Bible passage that tells how after his resurrection, Jesus walked with two of the disciples who failed to recognize him. They heard his voice and saw his face, yet their vision was clouded and they failed to discern who he was.
Sometimes we find ourselves in similar circumstances. Faced with challenges, we become disillusioned and uncertain. Then Christ appears, offering guidance and hope to us. Even in the depths of our distress, Christ continues to walk by our side, hold our hand, and guide us until we find the way out.
Luis Alberto Jones
Thought for the Day: When we feel lost, God is present to guide us.
Prayer: Loving God, draw near to us when we become disoriented. Show us the path you want us to take. Amen.
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