Tuesday, April 9, 2013
A question I am thinking about this week
From the Gospel of Luke's road to Emmaus story:
"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)
Why did they not recognize Jesus?
We it because Jesus kept them from recognizing him?
If so, why? Why would Jesus not want them to know who he was?
Or was it because something inside of themselves kept them from recognizing him?
The possibility of meeting Christ Incognito who chooses for us not to recognize him is a provocative thought. We would always need to be asking whether our assumptions about what Christ looks like are misplaced. Could this stranger really be Christ incognito?
But so is the idea that something inside us may block us from knowing the resurrected Christ when we encounter him. Why are the eyes of our inner being unable to see Christ in our midst?
Also a provocative question!
What do you think?