The scene of the disciples on the road to Emmaus, today’s gospel (Luke 24:13-35)
offers many interesting aspects for reflection.
One especially retains my attention; the text says:
“Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;
but they were kept from recognizing him. »
Many writers have been speculating on the cause of this:
what was it that prevented the disciples from recognizing Jesus?
What caused them to be blind in this way, unable to see that the man walking with them was Jesus?
Different commentators have proposed different reasons.
As far as their explanations are concerned, the usual expression can be used:
‘On this matter, the jury is still out.’
In other words, nobody knows for sure!
The reason why this verse keeps me thinking does not belong to exegesis.
It is more personal, much closer to ‘home’, one could say.
The question then becomes formulated in a different way,
and it is addressed to me directly:
‘What is it that prevents ME from recognizing Jesus in my own life?
What prevents me from perceiving Christ, the Risen Lord, present with me from day to day?
What is the cause if this unusual blindness,
this failure to be aware of the obvious presence –
even though hidden from the eyes of my body?
An impediment of what kind?
An obstacle of what sort?
Fear of seeing something within myself that I would prefer not to see?
Shame for something of the past which I do not want to acknowledge?
Perhaps simply forgetfulness?
Whenever I walk alone on whatever road or path, perhaps I could find out?…
Note: A video presentation of this scene can be found at: https://youtu.be/4QwKU442-80
And another reflection is available on a different theme in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/3e-dimanche-de-paques-annee-a-2020/