Our gospel reading today is from Luke’s resurrection narrative.(Luke 24,13-35) Luke’s focus is the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Like Matthew, Luke begins with the women at the tomb, but he quickly directs us beyond the tomb to a road where two downcast disciples sunk in disappointment are abandoning their hopes for God’s kingdom. Jesus appears gradually to the two disciples. Slow to understand and to recognize Jesus, they see him finally in the breaking of the bread. Afterwards, they remember his words on the road and how their hearts burned within them.
Luke’s account of the Risen Jesus with the two disciples who have lost hope and are trying to find their way is a key to understanding the journey of the church that the evangelist writes for in his gospel and in the Acts of the Apostles. The church will journey from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth, Rome. But it’s not a triumphant journey the two disciples make, nor will the church’s journey be triumphant. Luke’s narrative is a wonderful corrective to a triumphalist view of the church and also corrects a perfectionist view of our personal journey of faith.