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Runaway Trains

April 8, 2005

Man, oh man! Have I hit the part of the semester that is best described as a runaway train! Some big project is due in every class every week until I’m finished, which is why I haven’t posted here in a while. But I’m back (celebrate, people!) with a whole new batch of lectionary texts for you.

Third Sunday of Easter (April 10, 2005)
Luke 24:13-35 “The Walk to Emmaus”

Questions for thought and reflection:

  1. Have you ever had the experience of having walked with Jesus without knowing it until later? (In retrospect, hindsight is 20/20) Is it possible that some are walking with Jesus without knowing it? Without US knowing it?
  2. “Their eyes were kept from recognizing them.” Thanks to my friend Hope for raising the question, “what was it that KEPT their eyes from recognizing them?” What keeps teenage kids from hearing their parents and teachers? What keeps us from embracing something we know to be true and right?
  3. There is a question here about the nature of revelation. I recognize and embrace that revelation actually has more than one nature, but what does THIS text tell us about revelation, and how Christ can become known to us?
  4. In this story, Jesus “points back” to the Old Testament scriptures and interprets them in light of his life. The writers of all four gospels do the same. The temptation in the church is strong to read Jesus back into the Old Testament as if it points forward to him. Instead, the risen Christ looks back at the scriptures and sees himself reflected there.
  5. Once again, thanks to Hope for this observation about the text: when the two friends reflect on their experience they recognize that their hearts were burning inside them. They saw with their hearts what they could not see with their eyes. What does it mean to trust with your heart?

Looking forward to the flow of the Easter season until Ascension Sunday/Mother’s Day………

Fourth Sunday of Easter (April 17, 2005)
John 10:1-10 “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

Fifth Sunday of Easter (April 24, 2005)
John 14:1-14 “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

Sixth Sunday of Easter (May 1, 2005)
John 14:15-21 “I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.”

One Comment leave one →
  1. Willie permalink
    April 8, 2005 8:50 am

    “In retrospect, hindsight is 20/20.” This line was stolen from the commentary audio track from the DVD This Is Spinal Tap, one of my all time favorite movies. Its redundancy, repetitiveness, and superfluousness are intentional!

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