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Easter 2000


"Then they described what happened on their journey and told how he had made himself known to them in the breaking of the bread" -Luke 24:35 (REB)


This is the age of mass rapid transportation. Somehow it just doesn't seem that way in traffic. Likewise, the information revolution can equip us with nifty personal communications gadgets. So why do I frequently feel I've been stranded in an electronic box canyon? Please press one for this, press two for that, press three for something else. Canadian media philosopher Marshall McLuhan welcomed us to a global village. I had the privilege of living in a village at one time. The loneliness and alienation of our world bears little resemblance to the quality of village life. What we have here is a world full of contradictions. We are promised access, availability and community. What is delivered, more often, has the flavor of the stuck, the jammed, and of disappointment.


The disciples who are remembered in the wonderfully crafted account of Emmaus Road were stuck, jammed, and disappointed. God's promises seemed hopelessly contradicted. Luke gives voice to their profound sense of loss: "We had been hoping that he was to be ... " At the outset, the road to Emmaus was not a road to a hopeful future. However, it became, very quickly, a road to discovery. What the disciples discovered on that road, we too must discover. Resurrection drives so many breakthroughs. It was preceded by betrayal: It gives us a Christ who is with us always. It opens with denial: It results in shouts of recognition. It came down the bitter path of suffering and death: Both are deprived of their power and victory.


Sometimes the joy of life is jammed impassable by grief. We can become stuck in anger and resentment. The beauty of the world is at times dimmed by disappointment. Life offers up frequent contradictions. Our Easter faith answers such contradictions. "Lord ... kindle our hearts on our way that we may recognize you in the scriptures and the breaking of the bread."


Archdeacon Rod Gillis