Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”
This passage, Luke 24:45-48, is the end of the passage associated with the readings for this day (Thursday of Easter Week). The story takes place immediately after Jesus appears to the two people on the road to Emmaus, and after those two have told the disciples, Jesus appears among them saying “Peace be with you.” That expression will be mirrored in Sunday’s Gospel reading from the Gospel of John, in which Jesus says the same thing to the disciples when he appears to them in the upper room (twice, the second time with Thomas present).
What is interesting to me this week is how it is this moment in Luke, after the women have found an empty tomb (but do not see Jesus), Peter has found the tomb himself, and his appearance to Cleopas and an unnamed friend, that the disciples now fully understand Jesus’ teachings, especially in regard to his death and resurrection. He has talked about it before, but the disciples have always misconstrued, subverted, or even attempted to thwart what he is intending. But having seen the risen Lord, all is made clear.
They have yet to fully embrace their discipleship—that occurs later in the Luke/Acts narrative on the feast day of Pentecost, but it is such a critical step in their own development that it deserves its own notice.
It suggests a familiar pathway: the inquiry of the seeker (Mary and later Peter), the testimony of friends, the study of Scripture, the taking on the mantle of discipleship. Where do you stand in your own journey? What part of this narrative resonates with you? How is Easter, the Resurrection, playing itself out in your own life?
Yours in Christ,