The Gospel today tells the story of Jesus on the road to Emmaus. I have heard it forever, but each time, I reflect on how much I have or have not come to know Jesus in any way over these years. Each time I hear it, I can ask what makes me even think I know Jesus?
Who did I meet on this road? Was it only the Jesus who overthrew the moneychangers; was it only the Jesus who cursed the hypocrites who called themselves the church leaders; was it only the Jesus who fought against the same old traditions that were holding the people back from knowing more about God? Did I meet that Jesus so that I could feel justified in my angry feelings about so much that is happening in my world today?
Have I really met the Jesus who is peace, compassion, mercy and forgiveness? Am I ready to meet that Jesus? Somedays it is so much easier to be angry and disappointed, just like Jesus seemed to be sometimes. But what about turning the other cheek or loving my neighbors, that was Jesus too, right? Why do I have to give in all the time? Well, maybe because I have come to know Jesus and it is not “giving in” that Jesus wants or “giving up” either. Jesus wants our hearts, our minds, our very beings to be His forever and ever and to show His compassion to everyone. Am I really ready to meet that Jesus!