Reading and Prayer – Tuesday, April 19

Luke 24: 13-27

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;16 but they were kept from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

19 “What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him;21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.


Oh God, why it so hard for us to accept your Joy? Why do we refuse, stubbornly, over and over, to let You lift up our heads? We are afraid, Oh Lord. Despite our faith, despite our experience, we still persist in believing, in our heart of hearts, that we “know it all.” We don’t ask for help, we don’t seek revelation, and then we complain that we understand nothing. And we become, so often, ineffectual and paralyzed.

Jesus, help us to simply accept the goodness and joy of your story. So that we may begin to understand. When we accept that the work is done, that all has been foretold, and explained, and completed, we will receive the strength and power to complete our daily tasks in vital obedience. 


-Erika Flemming